Japanese Colonialism, Decolonization, and the Politics of Colonialism Studies
Taiwan was the first acquired country to be placed on the Japanese overseas empire after the resounding victories of the Sino-Japanese War in 1895. This acquisition was not a primary objective of the Japanese imperial power, but it was a desire to undermine and to unseat Chinese influence over the strategic positions of Korea and southern Manchuria that encouraged Japanese aggression. The incorporation of Taiwan into the Japanese Empire reveals the particular historical relationship of Japanese colonialism in the geopolitics of global colonialism. The author emphasizes two issues in this chapter: (1) the particularization of Japanese imperialism and colonialism are different and unique, highlighting the interrelationship and interdependency of the Japanese case with the generality of global capitalist colonialism; and (2) the lack of the decolonization process in the separation of the Japanese Empire has prevented both Japan and Taiwan from addressing and confronting their colonial relationship and the overall Japanese colonial legacy.
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