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Koki Hirota waves after becoming Japanese Prime Minister in 1936, guarded by two soldiers. Hirota succeeded Makoto Saito following the latter's death in the coup d'état. [Photo/Sina]

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Young Japanese men practice bayonet skills in a military training session in 1936, prior to the February 26 Incident. In a pro-military transition, Japan's military officers wished to transform regular young men into well-trained invading army soldiers. Such a change took place quietly yet systematically. [Photo/Sina]

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Keisuke Okada teaches his grandchild calligraphy in 1936. The coup d'état in 1936 forced Okada to step down and drove away from politics. His resignation signalled a full collapse of Japan's civil government in the eyes of the right-wing military. [Photo/Sina]

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Japanese veterans in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) kneel before the emperor's residence in 1936, begging for pensions. Young military officers who related to the gloomy scene felt the crisis. They toppled the government in a coup d'état because they were dissatisfied with the injustice felt by military vets. [Photo/Sina]

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Two Japanese women wear gas masks while shopping in an anti-gas warfare drill in 1936. Frequent anti-war drills were a sign that a war might be on the horizon. [Photo/Sina]

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Graduates and military officers post a photo at the commencement of Haijo (Haicheng) Middle School, in northeast China, in 1936. Military officers taking the central place in the photo signaled that Haijo was already a reserve base for Japan's invasion war. [Photo/Sina]

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Nazi German soldiers salute as the Japanese delegation to 1936 Berlin Olympics files past. In the fascism-tainted 1936 Games, Japan increased the atmosphere. [Photo/Sina]

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