How many countries Japan ruled?

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How many countries Japan ruled?

Japan ruled over numerous countries during its Imperial expansionist period. At its peak during World War II, the Japanese Empire controlled territories in the following 22 countries:

1. China

Japan established control over parts of modern-day China during World War II.

2. Thailand

During World War II, Thailand was under Japanese control.

3. Korea

Japan ruled over Korea from 1910 to 1945.

4. Taiwan

From 1895 to 1945, Japan had control over Taiwan and the Penghu Islands.

5. Vietnam

Parts of Vietnam were under Japanese occupation during World War II.

6. Hong Kong

Hong Kong was under Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945.

7. Cambodia

Cambodia was also occupied by Japan during World War II.

8. Laos

Japan had control over Laos from 1941 to 1945.

9. Philippines

The Philippines were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945.

10. Malaysia

Parts of Malaysia were under Japanese control during World War II.

11. Indonesia

Japan ruled over parts of Indonesia from 1942 to 1945.

12. Singapore

Singapore was occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945.

13. Myanmar

Myanmar (formerly Burma) was under Japanese occupation during World War II.

14. New Guinea

Japan controlled parts of New Guinea during World War II.

15. Guam

Guam was occupied by Japan from 1941 to 1944.

16. East Timor

Japan ruled over East Timor from 1942 to 1945.

17. Nauru

Japan had control over Nauru during World War II.

18. Karafuto (Sakhalin)

Karafuto (currently known as Sakhalin) was under Japanese control from 1905 to 1945.

19. Kantō

Japan ruled over the Kantō region from 1905 to 1945.

20. Chōsen (Korea)

Chōsen, also known as Korea, was annexed by Japan in 1910 and remained under Japanese rule until 1945.

21. Kiautschou Bay Leased Territory

The Kiautschou Bay Leased Territory in China was occupied by Japan from 1914 to 1922.

22. Nan’yō

Japan had control over Nan’yō, which included various Pacific islands, from 1919 to 1945.

It is important to note that Japan’s colonial rule over these countries was marked by extraordinary violence and oppression.

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