Japan's Total Empire (Paperback)
Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism (Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power #8)
University of California Press, 9780520219342, 500pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1999
Contrary to the conventional assumption that a few army officers and bureaucrats were responsible for Japan's overseas expansion, Young finds that a variety of organizations helped to mobilize popular support for Manchukuo—the mass media, the academy, chambers of commerce, women's organizations, youth groups, and agricultural cooperatives—leading to broad-based support among diverse groups of Japanese. As the empire was being built in China, Young shows, an imagined Manchukuo was emerging at home, constructed of visions of a defensive lifeline, a developing economy, and a settler's paradise.