Source Analysis 3
“Japanese ambition in East Asia was driven by their desire to create an “Asia for Asians”. Use the Greater East Asia Conference to show how far you agree with this statement.
Japanese ambition in East Asia has resulted in a war waged across the Pacific during WW2. From the given primary source which is a transcript of Prime Minister Tojo’s speech at the Greater East Asia Conference, the Japanese claimed that their ambition in East Asia was driven by their desire to create an “Asia for Asians”. The source stands very firmly that Japan has no selfish reasons in East Asia. However, from the overview of the source, we know that the purpose of coming up with a motto “Asia for Asians” in the Greater East Asia Conference was to act as propaganda to help in the war effort against the West. Hence, the source being only pro-Japanese and plainly excluding all other motives of the Japanese ambition in East Asia makes the given primary source highly unreliable. “Asia for Asians” was merely an excuse given by the Japanese to hide the true motives of their ambitions in East Asia. Therefore, Japanese ambition in East Asia was not driven by their desire to create an “Asia for Asians”. According to the transcript, the Japanese claimed that their war effort in East Asia was to liberate the region from the yoke of British- American domination. They hope to create a West-free East Asia or “Asia for Asians”. The West conquered the lands of East Asia and monopolized the vast territories and natural resources. Precious resources were extracted from the very land belonging to the Asians and shipped to the homeland of the West in order to promote their growing industry and increase their own prosperity. The Japanese believed that such exploitations were unfair to the Asians. They felt that only the Asians and not the West should have the rights to control the usage of all natural resources and territories of Asia. The West do not have any rights to...
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