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The Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere (Japanese: 大東亜共栄圏, Hepburn: Dai Tōa Kyōeiken) was an imperial concept created and promulgated for occupied Asian populations during 1930–1945 by the Empire of Japan. It extended greater than East Asia and promoted the cultural and economic unity of Northeast Asians, Southeast Asians, South 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
Hachirō Arita
on 29 June 1940.[1] The intent and practical implementation of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere varied widely depending on the group and government department involved. Policy theorists who conceived it, as well as the vast majority of the Japanese population at large, largely saw it for its pan-Asian ideals of freedom and independence from Western colonial oppression. In practice, however, it was frequently corrupted by militarists and nationalists, who saw an effective policy vehicle through which to strengthen Japan's position and advance its dominance within Asia.[2] The latter approach was reflected in a policy document released by Japan's Ministry of Health and Welfare, An Investigation of Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus, which laid out the central position of Japan
within the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere,[3] and promoted the idea of Japanese superiority over other Asians.[4]


1 Development of concept 2 History

2.1 Greater East Asia
East Asia
Conference 2.2 Members of Sphere

2.2.1 Imperial rule

2.3 The Philippines 2.4 Failure

3 Propaganda efforts 4 Projected territorial extent

4.1 The Land Disposal Plan

4.1.1 Japanese-governed 4.1.2 Asian puppet states

5 Political parties and movements with Japanese support 6 See also 7 References

7.1 Citations 7.2 Further reading

8 External links

Development of concept[edit]

1935 poster of Manchukuo
promoting harmony between Japanese, Chinese, and Manchu. The caption, written from right to left, says: "With the help of Japan, China, and Manchukuo, the world can be in peace." The flags shown are, left to right: the flag of Manchukuo; the flag of Japan; the "Five Races Under One Union" flag of Republic of China.

Similar to the term "Third Reich", which was a military exploitation of a non-military term proposed by Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, the phrase "Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere" was proposed by Kiyoshi Miki, a Kyoto School analytic philosopher who was actually opposed to militarism. An earlier, influential concept was the geographically smaller version called New Order in East Asia
East Asia
(東亜新秩序 Tōa Shin Chitsujo), which was announced by Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe
Fumimaro Konoe
on 22 December 1938 and was limited to Northeast Asia
Northeast Asia
only.[5] The original concept was an idealistic wish to "free" Asia from European colonial powers, but soon, nationalists saw it as a way to gain resources to keep Japan
a modern power, and militarists saw the same resources as raw materials for war.[6] Many Japanese nationalists were drawn to it as an ideal.[7] Many of them remained convinced, throughout the war, that the Sphere was idealistic, offering slogans in a newspaper competition, praising the sphere for constructive efforts and peace.[8] Konoe planned the Sphere in 1940 in an attempt to create a Great East Asia, comprising Japan, Manchukuo, China, and parts of Southeast Asia, that would, according to imperial propaganda, establish a new international order seeking "co prosperity" for Asian countries which would share prosperity and peace, free from Western colonialism and domination.[9] Military goals of this expansion included naval operations in the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
and the isolation of Australia.[10] This would enable the principle of hakkō ichiu.[11] This was one of a number of slogans and concepts used in the justification of Japanese aggression in East Asia
East Asia
in the 1930s through the end of World War II. The term "Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere" is remembered largely as a front for the Japanese control of occupied countries during World War II, in which puppet governments manipulated local populations and economies for the benefit of Imperial Japan. To combat the protectionist dollar and sterling zones, Japanese economic planners called for a "yen bloc."[12] Japan's experiment with such financial imperialism encompassed both official and semi-official colonies.[13] In the period between 1895 (when Japan
annexed Taiwan) and 1937 (the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War), monetary specialists in Tokyo directed and managed programs of coordinated monetary reforms in Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, and the peripheral Japanese-controlled islands in the Pacific. These reforms aimed to foster a network of linked political and economic relationships. These efforts foundered in the eventual debacle of the Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.[14] History[edit] The concept of a unified East Asia
East Asia
took form based on an Imperial Japanese Army concept that originated with General Hachirō Arita, an army ideologist who served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1936 to 1940. The Japanese Army said the new Japanese empire was an Asian equivalent of the Monroe Doctrine,[15] especially with the Roosevelt Corollary. The regions of Asia, it was argued, were as essential to Japan
as Latin America was to the United States.[16] The Japanese Foreign Minister Yōsuke Matsuoka
Yōsuke Matsuoka
formally announced the idea of the Co-Prosperity Sphere on 1 August 1940, in a press interview,[11] but it had existed in other forms for many years. Leaders in Japan
had long had an interest in the idea. The outbreak of World War II
World War II
fighting in Europe had given the Japanese an opportunity to demand the withdrawal of support from China in the name of "Asia for Asiatics", with the European powers unable to effectively retaliate.[17] Many of the other nations within the boundaries of the sphere were under colonial rule and elements of their population were sympathetic to Japan
(as in the case of Indonesia), occupied by Japan in the early phases of the war and reformed under puppet governments, or already under Japan's control at the outset (as in the case of Manchukuo). These factors helped make the formation of the sphere, while lacking any real authority or joint power, come together without much difficulty. As part of its war drive, Japanese propaganda included phrases like "Asia for the Asiatics!" and talked about the perceived need to liberate Asian countries from imperialist powers.[18] The failure to win the Second Sino-Japanese War
Second Sino-Japanese War
1937-1941 (-1945) was blamed on British and American exploitation of Southeast Asian colonies, even though the Chinese received far more assistance from the Soviet Union.[19] In some cases local people welcomed Japanese troops when they invaded, driving out British, French, and other governments and military forces. In general, however, the subsequent pragmatism and brutality of the Japanese military, particularly in China, led to people of the occupied areas regarding the new Japanese imperialists as much worse than the Western imperialists.[18] The Japanese government directed that local economies be managed strictly for the production of raw war materials for the Japanese; a cabinet member declared, "There are no restrictions. They are enemy possessions. We can take them, do anything we want."[20] An Investigation of Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus — a secret document completed in 1943 for high-ranking government use — laid out that Japan, as the originators and strongest military power within the region, would naturally take the superior position within the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, with the other nations under Japan's umbrella of protection.[3][4] China and other Asian nations, on their own, were regarded as too weak and lacking in unity to be treated as fully equal partners, and this in any case would not have been in Japan's self-interest.[21] The booklet Read This and the War is Won—for the Japanese army—presented colonialism as an oppressive group of colonists living in luxury by burdening Asians. Since racial ties of blood connected other Asians to the Japanese, and Asians had been weakened by colonialism, it was Japan's self-appointed role to "make men of them again" and liberate them from their western oppressors[22] From the Japanese point of view, one common principal reason stood behind both forming the Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere and initiating war with the Allies: Chinese markets. Japan
wanted their "paramount relations" in regard to Chinese markets acknowledged by the U.S. government. The U.S., recognizing the abundance of potential wealth in these markets, refused to let the Japanese have an advantage in selling to China. In an attempt to give Japan
a formal advantage over the Chinese markets, the Japanese Imperial regime first invaded China and later launched the Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere. According to Foreign Minister Shigenori Tōgō
Shigenori Tōgō
(in office 1941-1942 and 1945), should Japan
be successful in creating this sphere, it would emerge as the leader of Eastern Asia, and the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere would be synonymous with the Japanese Empire.[9] Greater East Asia
East Asia
Conference[edit] Main article: Greater East Asia
East Asia

Greater East Asia
East Asia
Conference in November 1943, participants left to right: Ba Maw, Zhang Jinghui, Wang Jingwei, Hideki Tojo, Wan Waithayakon, José P. Laurel, Subhas Chandra Bose

The Greater East Asia
East Asia
Conference (大東亜会議, Dai Tōa Kaigi) took place in Tokyo on 5–6 November 1943: Japan
hosted the heads of state of various component members of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. The conference was also referred to as the Tokyo Conference. The common language used by the delegates during the conference was English.[23] The conference addressed few issues of any substance but was intended by the Japanese to illustrate the Empire of Japan's commitments to the Pan-Asianism
ideal and to emphasize its role as the "liberator" of Asia from western colonialism. The following dignitaries attended:

Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister of the Empire of Japan Zhang Jinghui, Prime Minister of Manchukuo Wang Jingwei, President of the Reorganized National Government of the Republic of China Ba Maw, Head of State of the State of Burma Subhas Chandra Bose, Head of State of Provisional Government of Free India
(Arzi Hukumat-e-Azad Hind) José P. Laurel, President of the Second Philippine Republic Prince Wan Waithayakon, envoy from the Kingdom of Thailand

Tojo greeted them with a speech praising the "spiritual essence" of Asia, as opposed to the "materialistic civilization" of the West.[24] Their meeting was characterized by praise of solidarity and condemnation of Western colonialism but without practical plans for either economic development or integration.[25] The conference issued a Joint Declaration promoting economic and political cooperation against the Allied countries.[26] Members of Sphere[edit] Real members at dates formally formed the Sphere during maximal area of Japanese expansion:

  Empire of Japan
Empire of Japan
with governments-general   Manchukuo
27 September 1940 – August 1945   Mengjiang
(Inner Mongolia) 27 September 1940 – 1945 Republic of China 30 March 1940 – 10 August 1945 State of Burma
State of Burma
1 August 1943 – 27 March 1945  Republic of the Philippines: 14 October 1943 – 17 August 1945 Empire of Vietnam
Empire of Vietnam
11 March 1945 – 23 August 1945 Kingdom of Cambodia
9 March 1945 – 15 April 1945 Kingdom of Laos
1944 – August 1945 Azad Hind
Azad Hind
21 October 1943 – 18 August 1945   Kingdom of Thailand
Kingdom of Thailand
21 December 1941–

Imperial rule[edit] The ideology of Japan's colonial empire, as it expanded dramatically during the war, contained two contradictory impulses. On the one hand, it preached the unity of the Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere, a coalition of Asian races, directed by Japan, against the imperialism of Britain, France, the Netherlands, the United States, and European imperialism generally. This approach celebrated the spiritual values of the East in opposition to the crass materialism of the West.[27] In practice, however, the Japanese installed organizationally-minded bureaucrats and engineers to run their new empire, and they believed in ideals of efficiency, modernization, and engineering solutions to social problems.[28] Japan
set up puppet regimes in Manchuria
and China; they vanished at the end of the war. The Army operated ruthless governments in most of the conquered areas, but paid more favorable attention to the Dutch East Indies. The main goal was to obtain oil. The Dutch destroyed their oil wells but the Japanese reopened them. However most of the tankers taking oil to Japan
were sunk by American submarines, so Japan's oil shortage became increasingly acute. Japan
sponsored an Indonesian nationalist movement under Sukarno.[29] Sukarno
finally came to power in the late 1940s after several years of battling the Dutch.[30] The Philippines[edit] With a view of building up the economic base of the Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Japanese Army envisioned using the Philippine islands as a source of agricultural products needed by its industry. For example, Japan
had a surplus of sugar from Taiwan, and a severe shortage of cotton, so they tried to grow cotton on sugar lands with disastrous results. They lacked the seeds, pesticides, and technical skills to grow cotton. Jobless farm workers flocked to the cities, where there was minimal relief and few jobs. The Japanese Army also tried using cane sugar for fuel, castor beans and copra for oil, derris for quinine, cotton for uniforms, and abaca (hemp) for rope. The plans were very difficult to implement in the face of limited skills, collapsed international markets, bad weather, and transportation shortages. The program was a failure that gave very little help to Japanese industry, and diverted resources needed for food production.[31] As Karnow reports, Filipinos "rapidly learned as well that 'co-prosperity' meant servitude to Japan's economic requirements."[32] Living conditions were bad throughout the Philippines during the war. Transportation between the islands was difficult because of lack of fuel. Food was in very short supply, with sporadic famines and epidemic diseases that killed hundreds of thousands of people.[33][34] In October 1943, Japan
declared the Philippines an independent republic. The Japanese-sponsored Second Philippine Republic
Second Philippine Republic
headed by President José P. Laurel
José P. Laurel
proved to be ineffective and unpopular as Japan
maintained very tight controls.[35] Failure[edit] The Co-Prosperity Sphere collapsed with Japan's surrender to the Allies in August 1945. Although Japan
succeeded in stimulating anti-Westernism in parts of Asia, the sphere never materialized into a unified Asia. Dr. Ba Maw, wartime President of Burma
under the Japanese, blamed the Japanese military:

"The militarists saw everything only in a Japanese perspective and, even worse, they insisted that all others dealing with them should do the same. For them there was only one way to do a thing, the Japanese way; only one goal and interest, the Japanese interest; only one destiny for the East Asian countries, to become so many Manchukuos or Koreas tied forever to Japan. These racial impositions... made any real understanding between the Japanese militarists and the people of our region virtually impossible."[36]

In other words, the Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere operated not for the betterment of all the East Asia
East Asia
countries, but rather for Japan's own interests, and thus the Japanese failed to gather support in other East Asian countries. Nationalist movements did appear in these East Asian countries during this period and these nationalists did, to some extent, cooperate with the Japanese. However, Willard Elsbree, professor emeritus of political science at Ohio University, claims that the Japanese government and these nationalist leaders never developed "a real unity of interests between the two parties, [and] there was no overwhelming despair on the part of the Asians at Japan's defeat".[37]

Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere at its greatest extent

The failure of Japan
to understand the goals and interests of the other countries involved in the Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere led to a weak association of countries bound to Japan
only in theory and not in spirit. Dr. Ba Maw
Ba Maw
argues that Japan
could have engineered a very different outcome if the Japanese had only managed to act in accord with the declared aims of "Asia for the Asiatics". He argues that if Japan
had proclaimed this maxim at the beginning of the war, and if the Japanese had actually acted on that idea,

"No military defeat could then have robbed her of the trust and gratitude of half of Asia or even more, and that would have mattered a great deal in finding for her a new, great, and abiding place in a postwar world in which Asia was coming into her own."[38]

Propaganda efforts[edit] Pamphlets were dropped by airplane on the Philippines, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, Singapore, and Indonesia, urging them to join this movement.[39] Mutual cultural societies were founded in all conquered nations to ingratiate with the natives and try to supplant English with Japanese as the commonly used language.[40] Multi-lingual pamphlets depicted many Asians marching or working together in happy unity, with the flags of all the nations and a map depicting the intended sphere.[41] Others proclaimed that they had given independent governments to the countries they occupied, a claim undermined by the lack of power given these puppet governments.[42] In Thailand, a street was built to demonstrate it, to be filled with modern buildings and shops, but ​9⁄10 of it consisted of false fronts.[43] A network of Japanese-sponsored film production, distribution, and exhibition companies extended across the Japanese Empire and was collectively referred to as the Greater East Asian Film Sphere. These film centers mass-produced shorts, newsreels, and feature films to encourage Japanese language
Japanese language
acquisition as well as cooperation with Japanese colonial authorities.[44] Projected territorial extent[edit]

A Japanese 10 sen stamp from 1942 depicting the approximate extension of the Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere

Prior to the escalation of World War II
World War II
to the Pacific and East Asia, the Japanese planners regarded it as self-evident that the conquests secured in Japan's earlier wars with Russia ( South Sakhalin
South Sakhalin
and Kwantung), Germany (Nanyo) and China (Manchuria) would be retained, as well as Korea (Chōsen), Taiwan (Formosa), the recently seized additional portions of China and occupied French Indochina.[45] The Land Disposal Plan[edit] A reasonably accurate indication as to the geographic dimensions of the Co-Prosperity Sphere are elaborated on in a Japanese wartime document prepared in December 1941 by the Research Department of the Imperial Ministry of War.[45] Known as the "Land Disposal Plan in the Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere" (大東亜共栄圏における土地処分案) it was put together with the consent of and according to the directions of the Minister of War (later Prime Minister) Hideki Tōjō. It assumed that the already established puppet governments of Manchukuo, Mengjiang, and the Wang Jingwei regime in Japanese-occupied China would continue to function in these areas.[45] Beyond these contemporary parts of Japan's sphere of influence it also envisaged the conquest of a vast range of territories covering virtually all of East Asia, the Pacific Ocean, and even sizable portions of the Western Hemisphere, including in locations as far removed from Japan
as South America
South America
and the eastern Caribbean.[45] Although the projected extension of the Co-Prosperity Sphere was extremely ambitious, the Japanese goal during the "Greater East Asia War" was not to acquire all the territory designated in the plan at once, but to prepare for a future decisive war some 20 years later by conquering the Asian colonies of the defeated European powers, as well as the Philippines from the United States.[46] When Tōjō spoke on the plan to the House of Peers he was vague about the long-term prospects, but insinuated that the Philippines and Burma
might be allowed independence, although vital territories such as Hong Kong would remain under Japanese rule.[24] The islands north of the equator that had been seized from Germany in World War I
World War I
and which were assigned to Japan
as C-Class Mandates, namely the Marianas, Carolines, Marshall Islands, and several others do not figure in this project.[45] They were the subject of earlier negotiations with the Germans and were expected to be officially ceded to Japan
in return for economic and monetary compensations.[45] The plan divided Japan's future empire into two different groups.[45] The first group of territories were expected to become either part of Japan
or otherwise be under its direct administration. Second were those territories that would fall under the control of a number of tightly-controlled pro-Japanese vassal states based on the model of Manchukuo, as nominally "independent" members of the Greater East Asian alliance.

German and Japanese direct spheres of influence at their greatest extents in fall 1942. Arrows show planned movements to the proposed demarcation line at 70° E, which was, however, never even approximated.

Parts of the plan depended on successful negotiations with Nazi Germany and a global victory by the Axis powers. After Germany and Italy declared war on the United States
United States
on 11 December 1941, Japan presented the Germans with a drafted military convention that would specifically delimit the Asian continent by a dividing line along the 70th meridian east
70th meridian east
longitude. This line, running southwards through the Ob River's Arctic estuary, southwards to just east of Khost
in Afghanistan and heading into the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
just west of Rajkot
in India, would have split Germany's Lebensraum
and Italy's spazio vitale territories to the west of it, and Japan's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and its other areas to the east of it.[47] The plan of the Third Reich
Third Reich
for fortifying its own Lebensraum
territory's eastern limits, beyond which the Co-Prosperity Sphere's northwestern frontier areas would exist in Northeast Asia, involved the creation of a "living wall" of Wehrbauer
"soldier-peasant" communities defending it. However, it is unknown if the Axis powers ever formally negotiated a possible, complementary second demarcation line that would have divided the Western Hemisphere. Japanese-governed[edit]

Government-General of Formosa

Hong Kong, the Philippines, Portuguese Macau
Portuguese Macau
(to be purchased from Portugal), the Paracel Islands, and Hainan Island
Hainan Island
(to be purchased from the Chinese puppet regime). Contrary to its name it was not intended to include the island of Formosa (Taiwan).

South Seas Government Office

Guam, Nauru, Ocean Island, the Gilbert Islands
Gilbert Islands
and Wake Island.

Melanesian Region Government-General or South Pacific Government-General

British New Guinea, Australian New Guinea, the Admiralties, New Britain, New Ireland, the Solomon Islands, the Santa Cruz Archipelago, the Ellice Islands, the Fiji
Islands, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, and the Chesterfield Islands.

Eastern Pacific Government-General

Hawaii Territory, Howland Island, Baker Island, the Phoenix Islands, the Rain Islands, the Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands, the Society Islands, the Cook and Austral Islands, all of the Samoan Islands, and Tonga. The possibility of re-establishing the defunct Kingdom of Hawaii was also considered, based on the model of Manchukuo.[48] Those favoring annexation of Hawaii (on the model of Karafuto) intended to use the local Japanese community, which had constituted 43% (c. 160,000) of Hawaii's population in the 1920s, as a leverage.[48] Hawaii was to become self-sufficient in food production, while the Big Five corporations of sugar and pineapple processing were to be broken up.[49] No decision was ever reached regarding whether Hawaii would be annexed to Japan, become a puppet kingdom, or be used as a bargaining chip for leverage against the US.[48]

Australian Government-General

All of Australia
including Tasmania. Australia
and New Zealand were to accommodate up to two million Japanese settlers.[48] However, there are indications that the Japanese were also looking for a separate peace with Australia, and a satellite rather than colony status similar to that of Burma
and the Philippines.[48]

New Zealand Government-General

The New Zealand North and South Islands, Macquarie Island, as well as the rest of the Southwest Pacific.

Ceylon Government-General

All of India
below a line running approximately from Portuguese Goa to the coastline of the Bay of Bengal.

Alaska Government-General

The Alaska Territory, the Yukon
Territory, the western portion of the Northwest Territories, Alberta, British Columbia, and Washington. There were also plans to make the American West Coast (comprising of California
and Oregon) a semi-autonomous satellite state. This latter plan was not seriously considered; it depended upon a global victory of Axis forces.[48]

Government-General of Central America

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, British Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Maracaibo
(western) portion of Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. In addition, if either Mexico, Peru
or Chile were to enter the war against Japan, substantial parts of these states would also be ceded to Japan. Events that transpired between May 22, 1942, when Mexico declared war on the Axis, through Peru's declaration of war on February 12, 1944, and concluding with Chile only declaring war on Japan
by April 11, 1945 (as Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
was nearly defeated at that time), brought all three of these southeast Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim
nations of the Western Hemisphere's Pacific coast into conflict with Japan
by the war's end. The future of Trinidad, British Guiana
British Guiana
and Suriname, and British and French possessions in the Leeward Islands
Leeward Islands
at the hands of Imperial Japan
were meant to be left open for negotiations with Nazi Germany had the Axis forces been victorious.[citation needed]

Asian puppet states[edit]


Chinese Manchuria.


Outer Mongolia
Outer Mongolia
territories west of Manchuria.

Republic of China

Other parts of China occupied by Japan.

East Indies Kingdom

Dutch East Indies, British Borneo, and Christmas Islands, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Portuguese Timor
Portuguese Timor
(to be purchased from Portugal).

State of Burma

proper, Assam (a province of the British Raj) and large part of Bengal.

Kingdom of Malaya

Remainder of the Malay states.

Kingdom of Cambodia

and parts of French Cochinchina.

Kingdom of Annam

Annam, Laos, and Tonkin.

Political parties and movements with Japanese support[edit]

Azad Hind
Azad Hind
(Indian nationalist movement) Indian Independence League
Indian Independence League
(Indian nationalist movement) Indonesian Nationalist Party (Indonesian nationalist movement) Kapisanan ng Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (Philippine nationalist ruling party of Second Philippine Republic) Kesatuan Melayu Muda
Kesatuan Melayu Muda
(Malayan nationalist movement) Khmer Issarak
Khmer Issarak
(Cambodian-Khmer nationalist group) Dobama Asiayone
Dobama Asiayone
(We Burmans Association) (Burmese anti-British nationalist association)

See also[edit]

Hachirō Arita: Army thinker who thought up the Greater East Asian concept Satō Nobuhiro: alleged founder of the Greater East Asia
East Asia
concept East Asia
East Asia
Development Board Ministry of Greater East Asia Greater East Asia
East Asia
Conference (November 1943) List of East Asian leaders in the Japanese sphere of influence (1931–1945) Jewish settlement in the Japanese Empire Axis power negotiations on the division of Asia Hakkō ichiu Flying geese paradigm Racial Equality Proposal

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Further reading[edit]

Baskett, Michael (2008). The Attractive Empire: Transnational Film Culture in Imperial Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3223-0.  Dower, John W. (1986). War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0-394-50030-0; OCLC 13064585 Fisher, Charles A. (1950) "The Expansion of Japan: A Study in Oriental Geopolitics: Part II. The Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere." The Geographical Journal (1950): 179-193. Iriye, Akira. (1999). Pearl Harbor and the coming of the Pacific War :a Brief History with Documents and Essays. Boston: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-21818-8; OCLC 40985780 Lebra, Joyce C. (1975). Japan's Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere in World War II: Selected Readings and Documents. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-638265-4; OCLC 1551953 Levine, Alan J. (1995). The Pacific War: Japan
versus the allies (Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 0-275-95102-2) Myers, Ramon Hawley and Mark R. Peattie. (1984) The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-10222-1 Peattie, Mark R. (1988). "The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945," in The Cambridge History of Japan: the Twentieth Century (editor, Peter Duus). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-22357-7 Swan, William L. (1996) in JSTOR "Japan's Intentions for Its Greater East Asia
East Asia
Co-Prosperity Sphere as Indicated in Its Policy Plans for Thailand" Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 27#1 (1996) pp. 139–149] Ugaki, Matome. (1991). Fading Victory: The Diary of Ugaki Matome, 1941-1945. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 978-0-8229-3665-7 Vande Walle, Willy et al. The 'money doctors' from Japan: finance, imperialism, and the building of the Yen Bloc, 1894-1937 (abstract). FRIS/Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2007-2010.

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