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Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (Rays of the Rising Sun)

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大東亞共榮圏
Anthem: 
Hey, Asians
CapitalFlag of Japan Tokyo
Official languages Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian
Ethnic groups  Various
Religion No official religion
Government Union
 -  Chairman Kazuo Akiyama
Legislature East Asian Council
Type International organization 
 -  Formation 12 October 1945 
 -  Dissolved 18 August 1993 
Currency No official currency

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (大東亞共榮圏 Dai-tō-a Kyōeiken) was an international organization, led by Japan, as a union of East Asian nations.

Origin

The "Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere was an imperial concept created and promulgated for occupied Asian populations during the first third of the Shōwa era by the government and military of the Empire of Japan. It extended greater than East Asia and promoted the cultural and economical unity of Northeast Asians, Southeast Asians, and Oceanians. It also declared the intention to create a self-sufficient "bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers". It was announced in a radio address entitled "The International Situation and Japan's Position" by Foreign Minister Hachirō Arita on June 29, 1940.

An Investigation of Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus — a secret document completed in 1943 for high-ranking government use — laid out the superior position of Japan in the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, showing the subordination of other nations was part of explicit policy and not forced by the war. It explicitly states the superiority of the Japanese over other Asian races and provides evidence that the Sphere was inherently hierarchical, including the Japanese Empire's true intention of domination over the Asian continent.

Extent of the Sphere

As of 1946, several countries where part of the sphere:

Later, by 1952, several other states joined:

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