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|Prime Minister||Senjuro Hayashi (1915-1924)|
|Establishment||modern state, 1867|
Following the victory of Germany in the War of 1914, Allied Japan was replaced by a right-wing nationalist government. Under the rule of Prime Minister Senjuro Hayashi, the Japanese government expanded its influence in the Far East, first in Manchuria in 1917, then in mainland China, and during the war in South East Asia.
After Japan's defeat in 1924, the EA powers, occupied the island on Japan for five years, and Korea for two years. Japan returned to civilian rule in 1929, under a democratic government
After Japan conquered territories in China, politicians in Tokyo were debating how to organize the newly occupied lands. The Prime Minister, Hayashi, iniated the system of Occupation Committees. A Committee was headed by an important Japanese general, who was assited by a 2nd Head of Committee, who was elected from the conquered territories. Most committees were made up of at least 10 to 20 members or Lords. Each Lord was awarded an area, such as defense, affairs, housing, food etc. At the height of the Empire, 8 committees existed:
Chinese Committee (Nanking)
Pacific Committee (Tokyo)
Indochinese Committee (Hanoi)
Burma Committee (Rangoon)
Southern Malay Committee (Kuala Lumpur), Japanese-Thai Committee
Malay Committee (Brunei)
East Indian Committee (Batavia or Jakarta)
Irian Jaya Committee (no capital)