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Children in a poor Japanese family help with housework in 1935. People in the lower social strata received little benefits in the invasion-ignited economic recovery. But young people from poor families became cannon fodder in extreme acts like coups d'état, because such extraordinary measures were the only chances to lift their social status. [Photo/Sina]

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People rush to a film in Ginza, the busiest district of the Japanese capital, Tokyo, in 1935. More and more people started to wear military uniforms that year. [Photo/Sina]

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Four Japanese students read books on a lawn in 1935. Later, Yamada (R1) was killed in battle while the other three fought for their successes after the war. [Photo/Sina]

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Japan launches the Tsubame express train in northeast China in 1935. The Tsubame became the original model of the post-WWII Shinkansen, whose success showed that Japan could actually take off and develop without invading others. But Japan failed to realize this before the death of millions of its own soldiers, among greater losses in its neighbors. [Photo/Sina]

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Young Japanese women receive free medical training by observing a real operation. Japan felt the need for more surgeons to cope with a future war. As time was short, the training process was conducted in this unusual way, while hygiene, an important issue for an operation, was neglected. [Photo/Sina]

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A Japanese house servant plays a gramophone record in 1935. The transient wealth was also part of the dividend of Japan's occupation of northeast China. [Photo/Sina]

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Soldiers participating the February 26 Incident rest in a camp on Feb. 26, 1936. On that day, some 1,500 soldiers attacked pivotal governmental agencies, including the prime minister's residence. Prime Minister Makoto Saito was killed in the coup d'état. [Photo/Sina]

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