“The Land of the Rising Sun”
“TheLand of the Rising Sun”
TheLand of the Rising Sun will be the title of the movie that willtackle three historical events that happen in the country locatedeast of Asia, Japan. This will be about the story of a young, greattactician who was an orphan. He developed his patriotism as he growup. He is one of the main pillars behind the victorious win of Japanin the war and in the recovery process that gone along with it. Inthis movie people will see the struggles of Japan as a country fromdifferent crises that they experienced and encountered. Oneimportant lesson in this movie aside from the good strategies inwinning a war, is that one needs to have a strong heart to get upon their feet and recover.
Thefirst historical event will be the Soviet-Japan or the Russo-JapaneseWar. This is quite an interesting event because it showcased how themuch little country of Japan gained victory over the huge SovietUnion. The great tactics of Japan in forming an alliance withRussia’s greatest rival with Great Britain as a key step in gaininga strong back-up if ever a war will arise. Japan’s interest is todominate Korea while Russia’s interest is to dominate Manchuria,this movie will illustrate how Japan made sure to have a strongreinforcement in the country of Great Britain if ever theirnegotiations with Russia will not turn out well and no agreementswill be made. My plan is to show how the great tactician alreadyplanned an attack in order to strike first to the naval base at PortArthur if a war will be declared between Russia and Japan. Victorywas not acquired in a fast period of time. Japanese know that Russiais also capable in giving Japan a good fight because of Russia’svast resources for weapons, ships and machineries. On the first partsof the Russia-Japan war, Japan was not on the lead and they arelosing a large number of lives. The great tactician must find a waynow to win the war given the circumstances that they were fitted in(Holcome, 791-96).
Russiais now winning and Japan was in the brink of losing the war. Thegreat tactician will try to suggest to the head of the Japanesegovernment to make necessary arrangements with Russia through anegotiation in order to be have a peace agreement between the twocountries . But the great tactician did not give up yet, he thoughtof one last attack that will serve as a turning point so that victorywill shift to their side. He alongside with his team of tacticiansprepared to make an attack that will make a big impact in the war.This happened in the island lying midway between Korea and Japan, theisland of Tsushima (Holcome, 791-96). The great tactician onlythought of using only a fleet of five Japanese battleships.
Thegreat tactician deployed most of their battleships in the Pacific tobattle the ships of Russia. His plan was to stop any pendingreinforcement that will come to the pacific so they can outnumber theRussian battleships that were situated in there. The great tacticianmaximized the country’s entire war budget to make five battleshipswith the latest, strongest and heaviest artillery. The Russianbattleships were caught off guard. Though they were bigger in number,the weapons of the new battleships of Japan were too much for them tohandle. The surprise attack of Japan was successful and the warfinally ended through the Treaty of Portsmouth with the help ofPresident Theodre Roosevelt’s mediation (Holcome, 791-96).
Sincethen, Japan has been viewed as one of the strong countries in EastAsia. The great tactician was not contented by just winning a waragainst Russia. He must think of another way to show their powerwhich they can showcase to the world, that they are not just thesmall country located east of Asia, that they are also a force to bereckoned with. Here is where the second historical event will takeinto place, Japanese movement against the Dutch colonists inIndonesia.
Oneof the resources of Japan is the petroleum in Dutch East Indies. Thegreat tactician thought that the petroleum there will be vital forfuture industrial and military plans to strengthen their power(Harumichi, 50). He also thought that they could also get theIndonesians to like them if they will liberate them from their Dutchcolonists. Japan has been the only country in Asia who had theadvancements in technology and the only country in Asia who was ableto win a war against the big Soviet Union.
Hewanted to deploy a spy first in Indonesia to assess the Dutchactivity there while preparing for a war. He ordered his subordinatesto go over Japan and find the right people to be sent to Indonesia asspies. One of his subordinates went to the quiet town of Yatsuo andfound out that in a university there, there is an organization calledas the Patriotic Students’ Alliance where one of the organization’sgoal is to liberate other Asian countries for their colonists. Fromthat organization, he was able to get more military power through itsmembers and the great tactician knew that so he sent one of itsmembers, Yoshizumi Tomegero in November 1941 to Indonesia for spyingpurposes (Harumichi, 52). After one month of Tomegero’s spying inIndonesia, the great tactician knew that they are ready to attack theDutch there. The Dutch were no match to Japan’s force that madeJapan victorious on that war. The Indonesians were very happy andthey even gave the Japanese a warm welcome.
Thegreat tactician’s obsession to power had it setbacks they used upall their resources in weapons and in declaring war to differentcountries. He was not able to foresee the implications of maximizingtheir resources because he was blinded by the power that he had.Japan slowly withered, their economy went to the rock bottom andtheir political system was disarrayed. It was too late for the greattactician to realize of what he was doing all along. He then realizedthat starting on that day, he will be the sparkplug of Japan torecovery.
Heknew then that he was not alone in his fight to show the resiliencyof Japanese people. All of his countrymen was behind him and in onewith is goal. The war and the disaster that followed disrupted thepolitical system of Japan even more. Because people in Japan workedhand in hand, they were successfully able to deal with the aftermathsof the war and the different political issues that were brought bytheir disrupted political system. The great tactician was viewed as aleader by many Japanese People and he lead these people to rebuildtheir shattered homes in order to return to their private lives,school, work, and to be able to learn to cope up with their lossesand try to enjoy life again (Nakasone, 331-42). The tactician’sleadership become viral and he served as inspirations to many. Thisis where the third event will happen which is the miraculous economicgrowth of Japan from the ashes of war.
Thisis the part where the tactician’s dreams and goals to his belovedcountry Japan was starting to come true. But too much time passed byand the great tactician got old and was just confined to the bed ofhis renovated house in the barracks. On his deathbed, his only wishis for Japan and Japanese people to recover economically, morally andpsychologically. It was so sad to know that he was not able to livelong enough to see his dreams come true.
Whenother leading economic countries suffer recession as well asstagflation, Japan’s economy was able to recover in 1950 and itcontinued to surge from 1960s up to the 1980s. People around theworld started to buy Japanese products most especially electricalequipment and appliances. Japan was able to keep at par with westerncountries in terms of progress because the great tactician pioneeredthe inventions of these innovations to be used as commodities thatcan be sold in the world market. By this time Japanese weresuccessful in making the necessary adjustments to promote theireconomic, social and psychological senses (Nakasone, 1084).
Japanhad a shift in the social order that gave the emergence of aninnovative social order to uphold the great tactician’s views andbeliefs which is called as the “new middle class.” These newmiddle class replaced the old ones like the small independentlandowners and small businessmen (Vogel, 5). The new middle class wasa major boost factor to the economy of Japan who if you will be ableto see, it won’t seem like they had gone through a lot of stressand problem. To commemorate the great tactician, they built him amonument to always remind Japanese people that there are heroes outthere who would fight for death just to bring welfare to theircountry.
Haruchimi, Nogi. "An Undeclared War towards A New Order." n.d.
Holcomes, Charles. A History of East Asia by Charles Holcomes. n.d.
Nakasone. "The Problems of Japanese Democracy." (n.d.): 331-42.
Vogel, Ezra. "The Salary Man and His Family in a Tokyo Suburb." Japan`s New Middle Class (1971).