|Since Japan is an archipelago, it has few natural
resources. In order for it to industrialize and remain free of Western
influence it would need to find some.
The Japanese took over much of East
Asia. Leaders of conquered countries were installed in puppet governments that were
manipulated by the Japanese (the last emperor of China became the leader of a
new Manchurian country called Manchukuo).
By 1942, most of eastern Asia was under