Why did Japan get involved in the First World War?

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Japan is often mentioned in the Second World War, but what is Japan's participation in First World War? In this article, we will understand why Japan is involved in First World War (1914).

Japan entered the First War on the side of the Entente to conquer the colonies of Germany. Japan had scarce natural resources and a growing population, so they were interested in other countries.

Its participation in the first war was in respect of the treaties signed with England. His performance was only in struggles against East Asian German colonies in the Pacific Ocean and German concessions in China.

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Por que o japão se envolveu na primeira guerra mundial?

After the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, Japan managed to gain respect for Western nations and grew as a power, establishing several alliances in Europe.

Japan's History in the First World War

In the First World War, Japan was part of the Triple Alliance. In November 1914, Japan helped England to disarm the fleet of German cruisers in China.

In 1915, Japan decided to increase its participation in the war by sending anti-submarine troops to the Mediterranean Sea, assisting the English squadron in the search for German submarines.

After the First World War, because of the scarcity and tensions between Japan and the United States, the country made countless decisions that hurt several countries and themselves.

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Por que o japão se envolveu na primeira guerra mundial?

He hears countless wars and massacres between Japan and other countries in Asia. Among them we have the famous nanjing massacre in 1937 when the second Sino-Japanese War broke out.

Japan was pressing China to meet a series of requirements imposed by Emperor Taishō, who sought to strengthen the Empire economically. Western powers, suspicious of the Japanese Army's actions, pressured Japan to withdraw its demands.

This generated a great tension between Japan and the West, this caused Japan to change sides and become Germany's ally in World War II. In the end this resulted in an attack by Pearl Harbor and the Hiroshima Nuclear disaster.

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