Common theories include the increased power of the United States following development of the atomic bombTruman's greater distrust of the Soviet Union when compared with Roosevelt, and an increased desire to restrict Soviet influence in East Asia after the Yalta Conference.
Politics[ edit ] The Allied occupation ended on April 28,when the terms of the Treaty of San Francisco went into effect. By the terms of the treaty, Japan regained its sovereigntybut lost many of its possessions from before World War IIincluding Korea, Taiwan and Sakhalin.
It also lost control over a number of small islands in the Pacific which it administered as League of Nations Mandates, such as the Marianas and the Marshalls. The new treaty also gave Japan the freedom to engage in international defense blocs.
Japan did this on the same day it signed the San Francisco Treaty: Truman signed a document that allowed the United States Armed Forces to continue their use of bases in Japan. Even before Japan regained full sovereignty, the government had rehabilitated nearly 80, people who had been purged, many of whom returned to their former political and government positions.
After several reorganizations of the armed forces, in the Self-Defense Forces were established under a civilian director. Cold War realities and the hot war in nearby Korea also contributed significantly to the United States-influenced economic redevelopment, the suppression of communismand the discouragement of organized labor in Japan during this period.
This party continuously held power from throughwhen it was replaced by a new minority government. LDP leadership was drawn from the elite who had seen Japan through the defeat and occupation; it attracted former bureaucratslocal politicians, businessmen, journalists, other professionals, farmers, and university graduates.
In Octobersocialist groups reunited under the Japan Socialist Partywhich emerged as the second most powerful political force.
The Komeito emphasized traditional Japanese beliefs and attracted urban laborers, former rural residents, and many women. By the late s, the Komeito and the Democratic Socialist Party had come to accept the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, and the Democratic Socialist Party even came to support a small defense buildup.
The Japan Socialist Party, too, was forced to abandon its once strict antimilitary stance. Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei was forced to resign in because of his alleged connection to financial scandals and, in the face of charges of involvement in the Lockheed bribery scandal, he was arrested and jailed briefly in The fractious politics of the LDP hindered consensus in the Diet in the late s.
The sudden death of Prime Minister Ohira Masayoshi just before the June elections, however, brought out a sympathy vote for the party and gave the new prime minister, Suzuki Zenkoa working majority.
Suzuki was soon swept up in a controversy over the publication of a textbook that appeared to many as a whitewash of Japanese aggression in World War II. This incident, and serious fiscal problems, caused the Suzuki cabinet, composed of numerous LDP factions, to fall.
Nakasone Yasuhiroa conservative backed by the still-powerful Tanaka and Suzuki factions who once served as director general of the Defense Agencybecame prime minister in November As he moved into his second term, Nakasone thus held a strong position in the Diet and the nation.
The government was faced with growing crises. Land prices were rapidly increasing due to the Japanese asset price bubbleinflation increased at the highest rate sinceunemployment reached a record high at 3. In the summer ofeconomic indicators showed signs of recovery, but on October 20,the same day Nakasone officially named his successor, Takeshita Noboruthe Tokyo Stock Market crashed.
This growth pattern continued unabated despite recession in the s. The economy regained again by the mids decade.
The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are often said to mark the re-emergence of Japan in the international arena: The high economic growth and political tranquillity of the mid-to-late s were tempered by the quadrupling of oil prices by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC in Almost completely dependent on imports for petroleum, Japan experienced its first recession since World War II.
Foreign relations[ edit ] In addition to wealth and central position in the world economy, Japan has had major influence in global politics for much of the postwar period.
The s were largely marked by Japan re-establishing relations to numerous nations and redefining its international role, e. Thereafter, political turmoil subsided.
After the general warming of relations between China and Western countries, especially the United States, which shocked Japan with its sudden rapprochement with Beijing in the Ping Pong DiplomacyTokyo established relations with Beijing in Close cooperation in the economic sphere followed.
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