History of Colonialism and Decolonization in Japan

Discuss the history and events of colonialism and decolonization in Japan.

Tell the story of colonization and the struggle for independence in Japan. Provide a brief pre-colonial history of the country and describe the moment, circumstances, and nature of its first contact with the imperial power. Is the goal of colonization purely economic, or does it also impact the politics and culture of the colonized country? How does this colony gain independence? Who are the main leaders of the anti-colonial movement? Was this movement violent? If it is a settler colony, describe the relationship between natives and settlers. Discuss the economic, political, and cultural challenges of Japan post-independence.