Japan and Asia
Long before Western contact Japan had contacts with other Asian nations. Geographical proximity meant that these relations have continued to be of crucial importance through into the post-1945 period. Japan’s pre-1945 conflicts with the West, too, were largely sparked off by disputes over Japanese ambitions in Asia. The events of the century up to 1945 convey an impression of Japanese domination and aggression in Asia, but in reality the nature of the relationships between Japan and her neighbours has been fluctuating and ambiguous.