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The Japanese people at the grass roots were struggling due to an economic crisis and a poor harvest Between the Manchurian Incident (Sept. 18, 1931) and the Marco Polo Bridge Incident (July 7, 1937), the Japanese civil government kept trying to stop military from expanding, only to see their efforts end in failure. A war was inescapable. [Photo/Sina]

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Reijiro Wakatsuki, prime minister of Japan (April 14, 1931 –Dec. 13, 1931), practices calligraphy in 1931. Wakatsuki was keen on sinology. He once declined giving up drinking by offering an improvised poem, saying he was merely drinking a controlled amount after sickness, and he usually sobered up quickly. His respect to the Chinese culture was shared by other top Japanese officials. [Photo/Sina]

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A home-made advertisement that somebody made to to sell their own children in 1931. The economic crisis and poor agricultural production forced the grass roots Japanese people to sell their own children in order to survive. The whole country was as volatile as a tinderbox. Invading others to loot wealth became the means to avoid internal conflicts. [Photo/Sina]

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Reijiro Wakatsuki (L) attends a meeting with other government officials in the wake of the Manchurian Incident (Sept. 18, 1931). Wakatsuki was too weak to prevent the Kwantung Army, and too timid to stop the following war using his administrative powers. Instead, Wakatsuki chose to be silent, and even subtly encouraged the war by expanding Japan's military budget. Little did he know that his intentional omission of duty would later ruin the entire Japan. [Photo/Sina]

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Unemployed Japanese people become homeless in 1932. The bearish economy caused massive employment in Japan in 1932. The unemployed made perfect soldiers for Japan's invading army. [Photo/Sina]


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Tsuyoshi Inukai (L), was elected as prime minister of Japan (Dec.13, 1931 – May 15, 1932), after the Manchurian Incident (Sept. 18, 1931). An expert on China issues, Inukai assumed the top government post because the civil government wished to have the final say on war issues. But Inukai appeared powerless, in the face of the dividend from the invasion of China. [Photo/Sina]

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Tsuyoshi Inukai meets a women's rights group in 1932. Inukai did try to contain the military, but his efforts proved fruitless in the face of the benefits coming from an invading war. [Photo/Sina]

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