Why Did Japan Claim it Created the Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere?

The Japanese Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere was officially born in June 1940. It was to emphasize its role as the liberator of Asia from Western Imperialism. The other school of thought was that it was a smoke screen for Japanese aggression in China, to take over French Indo-China a few months later and gain control over the oil riches of Indonesia and rubber of Malaysia.

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When was the Great East Asia Conference Held?

The Great East Asia Conference was an international summit held on 5th and 6th November 1943. The Summit was held in Tokyo. It was also called the Tokyo Conference. The Conference saw participants from countries who were members of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Subash Chandra Bose was present as an observer representing the Provisional Government of Free India.

What was the New Order in Asia?

Japan conquered Southeast Asia under the slogan “Asia for the Asiatics.” Once Japan overthrew the Western Imperialism in Southeast Asia, Japan started exploitation of the resources for its own gains. Millions of people in Vietnam faced starvation since local Japanese authorities in Vietnam forcefully laid the claim for rice and shipped it to Japan. Japan used conquered parts of Asia to meet its growing need for raw materials, such as tin, oil, rubber and a market for its manufactured products.

Why did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor as a preemptive military strike against the USA to prevent its Pacific Fleet from interfering in Japan’s planned military actions in Southeast Asia. Pearl Harbor was a Naval Base of the U.S. located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The attack was carried out by more than 300 Japanese aircrafts. This attack resulted in massive damage to the US Navy and loss of thousands of American lives. This attack led the US to enter World War II.


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