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Originally posted by starwarsisreal
What if Japan restablished the Imperial Japanese Empire(Greater East Asia Co Prosperity sphere) when the world goes into a depression?
Now I know Japan is pacifist and harmless(Unless provoked) now but I wonder what happens if somehow it reverts back to it's Empire status?
Here is a scenario:
Due to a Global Economic Depression the USA had withdrawn all American bases from Japan and other nations. Meanwhile due to the economic depression Japan have experienced if own shtf scenario. In the midst of all the chaos a group of Japanese Commanders from the Japanese Maritime self defense force initated a coup to overthrow the current pacifist government and was able to restore order. However order comes with a price: civil liberties are suspended. While some of voice their opposition, the majority of the Japanese population thinks it necessary to bring order(Think Patriot Act and other un Constitutional rules) Americans experience due to so called Terrorist fears). As order was restored the new Japanese Government started implementing policies very similar to what Imperial Japan have during the 1930s. The build up their military under the guise of countering the Chinese and the Russians (Remember the US retreated from Japan at this stage so Japan is free to do what it wants).
With it's newfound military strength Japan decided to expand their sphere of influence by aggressively taking Phillppines, Indonesia and other SouthEast Asian nations while all the while keep saying to the international community that they do it to counter China (Remember again the US had loss it's sphere of influence in Asia so the whole world would think Japan's aggression is just in response to China's threat)
Remember folks before you criticize me, think of Imperial Japan and Germany during the 1930s. Due to the Great Depression, Japan and Germany is more willing to expand and plus the Japanese and German people were able to take radical militarist policies due to a depression that enable them to believe that what the militarists is doing is the right thing.
edit on 7-7-2012 by starwarsisreal because: (no reason given)