Наука. Общество. Оборона

2020. Т. 8. № 1


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Science. Society. Defense

2020. Vol. 8. № 1

UDC: 338.245.2

DOI: 10.24411/2311-1763-2020-10223

Submitted: October 30, 2019

Published online: December 03, 2019 

For citation:  Komarov A. V., Komarov V. P., Martyukova V. M. Japan's economic development in the early XX century: militarization and the formation of imperialism. Nauka. Obshchestvo. Oborona = Science. Society. Defense. Moscow. 2020;8(1):2-2.  (In Russ.) DOI: 10.24411/2311-1763-2020-10223.

Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest related to this article has been reported.


Original Paper

Japan's economic development in the early XX century:

militarization and the formation of imperialism

A. V. Komarov 1V. P. Komarov 2V. M. Martyukova 3

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University),

Moscow, Russian Federation,

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4944-9012, e-mail: wert-63@yandex.ru

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University),

Moscow, Russian Federation,

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9629-1230, e-mail: VPKomarov7@yandex.ru

Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation,

Moscow, Russian Federation

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5454-4295, e-mail: vera.martyukova@bk.ru


Introduction. The first prerequisites of militaristic ideas, which originated in Japan at the beginning of the XX century, appeared in 1910, when Korea was annexed. However, this ideology was finally formed in the 1920s, when an ardent supporter of militarism, Giichi Tanaka, came to power in Japan as a result of the internal financial crisis. In this regard, the purpose of writing this work was to consider the process of imperialism and militarization of the Japanese economy in the early XX century, as well as the search for an answer to the question of whether it is possible to achieve the solution of foreign policy goals, forcing the economy to work for the needs of the army.

Methods. In this article, using the principles of historicism, reliability and scientific objectivity, the authors trace and analyze the path of Japan from a semi-feudal state to a powerful power. Also, on the basis of methods of comparison, generalization and comparative historical analysis, the relations of Japan with the United States and the annexationist policy towards Korea are studied. In addition, the authors on the basis of systemic and institutional approaches identified the consequences of Japan's participation in the World War I, which allowed the Land of the Rising Sun to become a world power with a powerful army, a modernized Navy and a developed monopolistic industry.

Conclusion. The article assessed the degree of possibility of solving the foreign policy goals of the state and stabilizing its economic growth with the help of militarism policy on the example of Japan during the war. According to the results of the study, the authors conclude that countries whose economies work for military needs and ensure the development of priority industries are really developing rapidly. However, in the long term, the policy of militarism can lead to the gradual emergence of crisis phenomena in all spheres of public life and, ultimately, to a deep systemic decline and the need for major remilitarization transformations.



Japan, economy, militarization, foreign policy, Japanese militarism, war,

Korea, China, Russia, USA 


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Information about the authors 

Alexey V. Komarov, Cand. Sci. (Pedagogу), Assoc. Prof. of the Department "History" of the Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), Moscow, Russian Federation.


Valerii P. Komarov, Cand. Sci. (History), Assoc. Prof. of the Department "History" of the Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), Moscow, Russian Federation.


Vera M. Martyukova, faculty of financial markets, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation.


Corresponding author

Alexey V. Komarov, e-mail: wert-63@yandex.ru.

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