Was Japan really militarism before World War II?
In this article we will discuss that.
Japan was not militaristic
By The International Military Tribunal for the Far East, the pre war Japan was branded as being militarism.
So, what is militarism?
If it is militarism that concentrating on war with all the power of all kinds of states is, the pre war America was a complete militarism. The pre war Japan was not militarism at all.
You can see even the world’s strongest weapons used in World War II.
America used the atomic bomb. Germany used missiles and jet aircraft. The UK used radar. Japan used Zero fighter plane and Yamato. Japan just improved the existing technology to the best condition. There was no new discovery in japan.
However, if there were competent leaders in Japan and japan prepared for development earlier, japan might have won the Allied Powers in the development of radar, proximity fuse, other radio weapons and sonic weapons such as sonar. This was possible. In fact, the design and development of jet aircraft was also advanced in Japan. If Japan prepared them before the war, might not have lost by the Allied Powers.
But in the field of social science Japan was pretty defeated to the United States. In the United States, not only natural scientists but also social scientists were mobilized in total war. A famous example is The Chrysanthemum and the Sword Ruth Benedict wrote. It contains a Japanese theory, which was originally a study for the war against Japan.
What kind of country is the enemy Japan?
What are Japanese?
It is The Chrysanthemum and the Sword that was studied by social anthropology.
This is only an example.
America has done a huge Japanese study.
At the end
In this way, it can not be said that Japan was concentrating on war with the total power of the state compared with the United States.
Therefore, it can be said that Japan was not militarist before World War II at all.