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Japan is a chain of four main islands located off the coast of East
Asia. The people of Japan live a very remarkable lifestyle. With about
80% of the land mountainous, Japanese must live in tiny areas of
coastal land. Over 125.9 million people live together on these small
islands. Japanıs total area is roughly the size of Montana. It is
remarkable how the Japanese have adapted to the topography of the land
to create a huge industrial nation. The following essay is composed of a
video and current article about Japan.
The video I watched about Japan discussed a brief history of
Japan. The video contained three parts. The first part discussed the
isolation period of Japan and the role the United States played in ending
itıs isolation. The second part discussed Japanıs territorial expansion
and itıs role during WWII. The last part of the video talked about the
reconstruction of Japan and the United States influence towards the
The video was very informative of Japanıs history in part 1. It
discussed the U.S. influence in ending itıs isolation with the world. In
1853, the U.S. sailed into Japan with most of the Navyıs Pacific Fleet
and demanded that Japan end itıs isolation. Within a few days Japan
opened itıs markets to the world. However Japan has very limited
resources. For itıs economy to grow Japan had to acquire raw materials
through trade. Without these materials Japan would starve to death.
Unfortunately for Japan nobody would supply them with the
materials they needed. Nations refused to trade with Japan because they
knew Japan turned these raw materials into junk. Being in isolation for
200 years, Japan had no skilled workers to produce anything. Not even
the United States helped Japan out. I donıt understand why the United
States wanted to open Japan to the world and then they almost starved
it to death. If the U.S. really wanted Japan to excel they could have
supplied them with the workers they needed. If the U.S. had done this
maybe Japan would have become allies with the United States. There
would have been no Pearl Harbor, no Midway, and no Okinawa.
Thousands of Americans and Japanese would have lived and they would
have been able to defeat Germany with no problem. The U.S. would have
had access to most of South Asiaıs markets. Instead, little thought was
given to the future, or if it was offered the Japanese refused to accept
In parts 2 and 3, the video discussed WWII and the reconstruction
of Japan after the war. During WWII, allied forces destroyed Japan and
after the war, the United States rebuilt the nation under a democratic
system. The reason the U.S. helped rebuild Japan was because they
feared Japan would form a communist nation, so they tried to prevent
that. If the United States had provided aid for Japan before the war
maybe they would have not had to destroy the whole country and then
rebuild it the way they wanted to.
The current article I read about Japan concerned itıs relations with
North Korea. Last August, North Korea fired a missile at Japanıs coast
with the intention of scaring Japan. The article was written on March
30, 1999 and discussed the recent offer by Japan to establish an
agreement with North Korea. The article stated that Japan was worried
about the recent build up of North Korean nuclear weapons and the
threat it poses to Japan. The Prime Minister of Japan made it clear on
March 20, that Japan was not going to provide North Korea with any
economic aid until they ended their nuclear build-up.
The recent relations between Japan and Korea are a very serious
issue. North Korea is a struggling communist nation dependent upon itıs
minerals for economic survival. Famine and natural disaster have
plagued North Korea for years. The United States will not help North
Korea because it is a communist nation and instead of putting money
towards itıs people, North Korea is funding a huge build-up of nuclear
weapons. This poses a major threat to Japan because it has a very small
military monitored by the United States. If North Korea were to attack
Japan the United States would have to protect Japan.
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