Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Ninety-Two Years War

Today is Wednesday, 2 September 2009.

On this date in 1945, the Ninety-Two Years War between the USA/USE and Japan ended, when representatives of the Japanese government signed instruments of surrender on the deck of the battleship U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay.

The war began on 8 July 1853, when an American war fleet, commanded by Commodore Matthew Perry, arrived at Uraga Harbour, near Edo, Japan, on a mission to force Japanese markets to open themselves to American manufactures. Then, as now, the reckless boom-and-bust nature of American capitalism required privileged access to foreign markets.

The American aggression triggered the long competition for mastery of the Pacific Basin between the USA/USE and the Empire of Japan, culminating in open hostilities on 7 December 1941.


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