The Rise of Japanese Militarism
The very exotic and attractiveness of Tokyo as the host city of the ﬁrst Asian Olympiad eventually led to the demise of the 1940 games for Tokyo. The economic unevenness that
characterized Japanese culture as exotic and traditional was also in part the reason for the drive of the Japanese nation to form an economic sphere of inﬂuence in Asia. It was no coincidence that Japan was continuing what was a de facto war with China at the
same time as Tokyo was attempting to host the ﬁrst Asian Olympiad; they were two separate national priorities. The protracted ‘‘China Incident’’ continued to draw
national resources and forced the national government to revise its national budget which led to the cancellation of the 1940 Tokyo Games and World Expo.