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Timeline of Japanese Colonialism in East Asia
1media/Book Splash Toyo_Kisen_Kaisha__Oriental_SteamShip_Company_Woman_with_a_fan.jpg2021-02-12T09:51:51-08:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b479371403image_header2021-02-12T09:55:30-08:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b4791895 - Treaty of Shimonoseki (Conclusion of Sino-Japanese War, 1894-1895) - Japan acquires Taiwan, the Pescadores Islands, and the Liaodong Peninsula.
1905 - American led negotiations (Conclusion of Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905) - Japan acquires “railway rights and concessions in southern Manchuria” (Tipton, Modern Japan: A Social and Political History, p. 77). Regarded as a pivotal point for Japanese imperial expansion.
1910 - Japan annexed Korea
1919 - Treaty of Versailles (Conclusion of First World War) - Japan able to keep the formerly German-held Shandong peninsula and other rights in China it had acquired during the First World War as an ally of Great Britain; Japan also acquired the former German colony of Micronesia as a trust territory. Provoked the May Fourth Movement in China.
1921-22 - Washington Conference - Japan returned the Shandong territories to China but retained economic rights.
1931 - Manchurian Incident - Japanese soldiers acting without orders from headquarters in Tokyo provoked a clash with Chinese soldiers on the South Manchurian Railway followed by an invasion of Manchuria. Regarded as a pivotal event in Japan’s path to war.
1937 - Lugou (or Marco Polo) Bridge Incident - Japanese and Chinese soldiers exchanged fire near present-day Beijing. This marked Japan’s full invasion of China.