Japanese Imperialism

Japanese Imperialism and its effects on civilians during World War 2

During World War 2, Japan expanded an immense distance over the period of 6 months of war. Japan expanded over many countries, including, Manchuria (north east china), The Philippines, Most of China, and many more countries. The atrocities that Japan had committed against civilians during WW2 are some of the worst that the world has seen in the history of war.
Japanese war crimes occurred during the period of Japanese imperialism, Primarily during the Second Sino-Japanese war and of course World war 2. Some war crimes took place during the late 19th century and were committed by military personal of the Empire of Japan, Although most took place during the Shower era.
By the late 1930s, the rise of militarism in Japan created at least superficial similarities between the wider Japanese military culture and that of Nazi Germany's elite military personnel, such as those in the Waffen-SS. Japan also had a military secret police force, known as the Kempeitai, which resembled the Nazi Gestapo in its role in annexed and occupied countries. As in other dictatorships, irrational brutality, hatred and fear became commonplace. Perceived failure, or insufficient devotion to the Emperor would attract punishment, frequently of the physical kind. In the military, officers would assault and beat men under their command, who would pass the beating on to lower ranks, all the way down. In POW camps, this meant prisoners received the worst beatings of all, partly in the belief that such punishments were merely the proper technique to deal with disobedience.
The Japanese military during the 1930s and 1940s is often compared to the military of Nazi Germany during 1933–45 because of the sheer scale of suffering. Much of the controversy regarding Japan's role in World War II revolves around the death rates of prisoners of war and civilians under Japanese occupation. “It may be pointless to try to establish which...