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The Aims of Germany and Japan The 1930s were a tumultuous time After World War I the Allied powers seemed determined to preserve peace but Germany and Japan held a shared goal of world domination In two memorandums about the plans of Germany and Japan US officials make the position that the United States should take plain mobilize and be ready for war but do not provoke it In other words Speak softly but carry a big stick Although Germany and Japan had a few similar goals and ideas they differed on other issues of subject peoples and races Both Germany and Japan had plans to rule the world They began their conquests in the early- to mid-1930s Japan with Manchuria in 1931 and Germany with the Rhineland in 1936 These occupations would eventually lead to WWII Germany and Japan also wanted to control trade and have a political influence in the countries that surrounded them For Germany it was a matter of national pride They wanted to show that Germany was still a great state after their humiliating defeat in WWI The expansionists of Japan felt that Japans destiny is to subjugate and rule the world There was no tinge of revenge to the Japanese conquests The main difference between Germany and Japan was that the Japanese military had the power to defeat other countries without the permission of the government The German government not only gave permission they persuaded the German people to support their hunger for territory Germany was intensely xenophobic All peoples other than Aryans were persecuted They intended to annihilate the Jews and breed out the Slavic people The memorandum concerning Japan does not give evidence of xenophobia in Japan but neither does it imply that the Japanese were completely tolerant of other races Germany and Japan had many similarities in their foreign policies The differences in their ideology before WWII were not very major because they
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