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Why were they such a huge power compared to the neighbours in the beginning of ww2?

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Which neighbours could theoretically challenge their might?

China had just been through civil war and still had a lot of tumult going on.

Most of the other Asian countries were British colonies – India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc.

Japan was next highest in population, had an educated workforce, and a militaristic leadership that wanted to become more powerful and join the European countries as a colonial power.

In fact, Japan not being a powerful military would have been more surprising.

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