Japan from 1900 up to the present
The 1920's were a time of great difficulties
for Japan. After the war, Western nations re-established trade
with India and the rest of Asia, and the Japanese economy suffered.
In 1923, a terrible earthquake struck the Tokyo-Yokohama area
and led to the deaths of about 143,000 people. A worldwide
depression during the late 1920's further hurt the Japanese
About this time, China began to strengthen its
administration in Manchuria. Japan feared it might lose the
rights it gained
in the Russo-Japanese War.
Since the beginning of the Second
World War up to the early 1990s, Japan’s political and
economic environment has drastically changed: from an Imperial
empire to one of the world’s
leading democracies, and also the world’s second most