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There are the ways in which Japan was prepared for war. The purpose of this paper will be to show how the militarists achieved the power that they did, power so great that it enabled them to go over the heads of, and the protests of, the civilian branch of government and even the Emperor himself if necessary. The history of the warlords needs to be examined in order to furnish a background needed for a study such as this.

The primary function of this investigation will be to show the role played by these two factions during the “decisive decade” from 1931-1941. That decade began with the incident at Mukden, Manchuria, September 18, 1931, and ended with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Various aspects of the situation will be examined in order to illustrate as fully as possible the magnitude of the role of the militarists and the Zaibatsu. In this way the true picture of Japanese foreign policy can be seen.





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