Supposedly the Chinese blew up a piece of Japanese owned railway, a claim mated by the Kwantung Army. The evidence however pointed to the KA as the perpetrators. Enough to start Japanese movement into Changchun the next day.
The May 15th Incident
Japanese army and naval officers attack banks, police officers, and police headquarters in Tokyo. Prime Minister Tsuyoshi was killed. The very public trail brought a lot of support to their actions.
Hirota Koki is Prime Minister
Approx. 1936 - Approx. 1937
Was weak and made many compromises with the military. Signed the Anti-Communism Pact with Hitler
The March on Tokyo
Approx. February 1936
150 Koda-ha officers took over the parliament buildings, police buildings, and the Prime Minister's Residence. Martial Law was proclaimed and the plotters surrendered even though they were close to victory.
The Second Sino-Japanese War Begins
July 7, 1937
War breaks out for a second time because of a Japanese Soldier going missing when he went to relieve himself in the woods. Although the Japanese believed that the war would be fast and simple it dragged on and depleted all of Japanese resources
Rape of Nanjing
December 13, 1937
After the fall of Nanjing the soldiers and civilians were treated brutally. Many, many women were raped, estimated 30,000 of whom died because of it. 12000 civilians were killed. And the city was left in fire and destruction
The Triparite Axis Pact is signed
Japanese foreign minister Matsuka Yosuka signed this pact with Germany and Italy. It agreed that they would dominate Europe and Japan dominate East Asia.
The US and Great Britain begin to take notice of Japan's actions
July 24, 1941
After Japan moved into the southern Indo-China, they could attack Thailand, Malaya, and Dutch East Indies. The US and GB were scared and froze all of Japan's resources. They also began to strengthen their defense and aiding Jiang in China
Prime Minister Konoye Resigns
After Konoye resigned General Tojo Hedeki becomes Prime Minister. This gives the military complete government control.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Although the US and Japan had negotiations for close to a year the Japan decided that they had to send in air bombers to destroy the USs pacific fleet and did destroy 90% of it. 2403 were killed and 1178 were injured. There are many perspectives surrounding this event.