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Imperial Kingdom of JapanIn 1942, at the Battle of Midway, what was sure to be an American victory turned out to be the greatest Japanese victory in the Pacific War and one of the most decisive. The American fleet was annihilated by June 5th, the second day of the battle. Only one Japanese carrier was lost, in comparison to three American carriers. From that day on, the U.S. fell back, waging more of a defensive war against Japan, and trying to protect its own territory more than taking Japanese land. After Nazi Germany collapsed in 1945, Japan made peace with the U.S.A. which led to a friendship between the two countries, despite their bad relations of the past. Japan would participate in World War 3, on the side of the Allies.
World War 2
After Japan's crushing victory at Midway, the armies of the Rising Sun descended upon Hawaii, a state of the U.S.A . Over 400,000 Japanese troops invaded Hawaii on August 15th, 1942. The Americans had most of what remained of their navy stationed at Hawaii, and 333,000 American troops dug in, waiting for the Japanese to strike.
Battle of Hawaii
On August 15th,1942, the Japanese Navy and the Japanese Army waits outside of Hawaii, only one mile off the Coast of Niihau, the first of the Hawaiian Islands the Japanese plan to invade. Only 30,000 American soldiers were stationed on that island, but they were well dug in. The Japanese fly over the island, bombing it for almost three hours. When it appeared the Imperial Japanese Air force had done its work, troops land on the beaches with no resistance. When almost 7000 Japanese soldiers had landed on the beach, the Americans sprung their trap. Thousands of machine guns, concealed in the dense jungle, open fire on the Japanese troops. Thousands of Japanese go down, but through sheer courage and determination, the Japanese capture the beach, push into the Niihau, and when Jap Armor shows up, the U.S. troops rout.
With Niihau taken, General Chuichi Nagumo sets up a base on Niihau, planning to use as a springboard into Kauai, the next island needed to be captured in order for the invasion of Hawaii to be successful. Kauai's defenses were not much stronger than Niihau, but it had one advantage. The American troops on Kauai were able to hide in the mountains, which sheltered them from Jap Armor, which could not get through the rocky terrain. General Nagumo orders his pilots to bomb the island, and while his bombers do that, he sends a force of 5,000 Japanese infantry around the back of the island to flank the Americans. The plan works wonderfully, and the U.S. forces were either killed or captured. General Nagumo uses the island of Kauai as an air base..
By early October, all of the Hawaiian Islands were in Japanese hands, except the largest island, Hawaii. General Nagumo orders an all out attack on Hawaii, using every troop at his disposal. The fighting is fierce, but after two days of fighting, the Japanese secure the island. The invasion of Hawaii was successful, but it cost the Japanese 75,000 lives. The Americans lost 120,000 soldiers along with most of its navy and air force.
A peace with America and the final stages of the War
By 1943 the U.S.A. was on it's knees, and Japan was ready to swoop in for the kill. But the Naval Marshall General of Japan, Isoroku Yamamoto saw that America could be a potential ally in the future, not to mention that the Nazis were starting to fall back, and even Japan would not be able to take on all of Europe if Nazi Germany was defeated. So, on April 8th of 1943, the U.S.A. made peace with Japan. Japanese forces pulled out of the Pacific and were sent back home. At the start of 1944, Grand Admiral Yamamoto summoned a large Japanese army, intent on annexing China. The Chinese were no match for the might of Japan, and after 4 months, all of China was under Japanese control. In 1945, Nazi Germany was defeated, and World War II ended.
Japan's Golden Era of PeaceAfter World War 2 ended, Japan began to reorganize its empire. All of its provinces, which were North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Thailand were all allowed to keep their culture, but they all had to swear homage to the Japanese government, and had to have Japanese flags in all their cities and towns. Japan began to make advances in the medical field and in physics and education. By 1950, Japan was the richest and most powerful nation on the planet. The military was expanded with one million soldiers deployed around the world, and two million in reserve. Thousands of aircraft were built, and new shipyards were popping up everywhere in the nation. Also, Japanese scientist were working on a new kind of weapon. It was a bomb of mass destruction and horrific power. What they had created was an atomic bomb. The bomb was tested in the Gobi desert, far from any people on December 7th of 1952. the explosion was massive, and the mushroom cloud rose 18km in the air.
When the Japanese military saw what the bomb could do, they secretly created 50 of them, just in case any other nation tried to attack them. No other nation new about the bomb ... until March of 1953.
In March of 1953 Japanese soldiers caught a Soviet Spy trying to get information about the atomic bomb. The soldiers killed the spy, and then contacted the Soviet Union, telling them that they had found a spy in their country. The Soviets tell the Japanese that Japan had no right to be building such powerful weapons without letting the world know. Japan tells the Soviets they could do what they want in their country, and if another spy is caught, Japan would declare war on the Soviet Union. Just a month later, another spy was caught, and the Japanese invaded the Soviet Union. 250,000 Japanese infantry, 2000 tanks, and 10,000 aircraft. The force invaded into Soviet territory through Amur, a Soviet province.