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Even though I despise the Japanese for their atrocities and despise them even more for their repeated failures to adequately apologize for their brutality, murder and genocide, I do find the end quite sad.
Then again, they got what they deserved. It's a tragedy so many had to die for their flawed imperialists ambitions.
Japan lost in the small picture, but won in the big picture. White colonialism was destroyed in WW2 by Japan, which in turn saved Japan's future as well.
1.Prior to WW2 there were only 77 countries in the world, the reason for this is because so many countries were invaded and colonised by European empires. The European empires used these captured lands to fund and grow their empire, by running plantations (for spices, drugs, food etc), pretty much operating these with slave conditions, as well as mining the countries for whatever they could find (typically oil, gold etc).
2.Japan rose up out of fear, quite justifiable fear as well. Not only did Europeans capture all of south east Asia, but they were even starting to invade China and were defeating China as well, and Russia tried to move into Korea as well. Japan as a country was one of the last non colonised lands in the entire Asian region. And Japan wanted to keep it that way, which is why they panicked and built up their army.
3.Japan invaded Korea, China and Taiwan in order to prevent those from being invaded by Europeans. This offered a buffer zone between European captured lands beyond those and Japan. As soon as Japan entered China, the Europeans started leaving (Sino-Japanese war). Because the Europeans didn't want war with Japan, as Japan was very powerful at this time.
4. WW2 at this point started off in Europe, Japan took advantage of this turmoil in Europe to move on to invade European colonies in south east Asia. This worked quite well, Japan invaded and dismantled every European colony in south east Asia at this time and sunk nearly all the battle ships there and easily defeated the European armies.
5.Upon Japan invading the French colony in Asia, the USA turned on Japan at this point (the USA supported white colonialism as it was one itself).
6.Japan beat the USA for the first 6 months, but the USA eventually began to win some of the battles and around 9 months into it the USA was regularly winning. This is mostly because Japan ran out of oil, and was fighting enemies on all fronts, fighting many Europeans, Chinese forces, Americans etc.
7.Japan had been training south east Asian soldiers and arming them with Japanese rifles, and upon Japan losing the war and then seeking repatriation ships for home, many gave their own personal rifles to south east Asian people as well.
8.Despite Japan losing, European colonialism had been destroyed. If European empires wanted to restart their empire, they had to attempt to re-invade these colonies they lost. The problem though is that these south east Asians now had firearms and were much more able to fight back against invasion.
The French tried to re-invade Vietnam, the Vietnamese call this the anti-French resistance war (the USA supported France in this BTW). The Vietnamese forces and some remaining Japanese volunteers defeated the French forces and France gave up it's attempted re-invasion.
The British also attempted to re-invade Malaya, but the south east Asian people there also defeated the British in the few battles that occurred.
Ultimately European colonialism was dead at this point.
The President of the French Republic, wrote in his diary on February 15, 1942 that the fall of Singapore meant the end of the history of the White Colonialism.