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Japans imperial experience was different from that of the West in Asia and Africa in several fundamental ways Bruce Cummings Is it a valid categorisation of Japanese rule in Korea Identify some of the main differences between Japanese colonialism and Western colonialism Illustrate your answer with examples Imperialism has existed for many years and has displayed many differing forms It is a naturally occurring event that has a vast and complex history Major world powers have been striving to expand their relative power and at the same time provide for their people From the earliest civilizations groups of individuals set out to improve their well being at the expense of others When examining more modern imperialism there is little variation from this view Countries all over the world depend on their colonies to meet the needs of their nation The world has become transformed and many changes have occurred based on situations resulting from imperialism There are processes towards basic imperialism that can be labelled as fundamental Japans imperial experience in Korea for example differs from what the West experienced in Africa and Asia in several ways The 19th and 20th centuries displayed a great amount of expansion and the countries of the West were heavily responsible for this experience Japan however played a key role in the history of imperialism as they joined in the fight for world power First of all Japans experience is different from the Wests in that it was more of a reactionary decision to expand while the West had strong rational motives to do so Secondly Japans choices in altering Koreas society by such drastic measures are more powerful than how most of the West approached controlling their many colonies Thirdly the West did not have to deal with the outside interference and resistance that Japan was accustomed to near the end of their rule over Korea Fourthly Japan and Korea are two closely related countries Their societies
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