Japan, 1941

Between Pan-Asianism and the West

By John E. Moser

Approx. 184 pp., 8 x 10, 1 map, appends., notes

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7065-2
    Published: July 2022
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-7233-5
    Published: July 2022
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6384-3
    Published: July 2022

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Set in Japan during the early years of World War II, this game helps students understand the political and strategic reasons behind Japan's decision to enter the war. Taking on the roles of leading figures in Tokyo—army or navy officers, bureaucrats, and members of the Imperial Court—students are thrust into the middle of Japan's strategic dilemma. Drawing on important works from Japan's past, players must advise the emperor on how to proceed. Will they call for a "strike south" to seize the natural resources of Southeast Asia—even at the risk of war with Great Britain and the United States? Or will they seek an understanding with those nations―even if it means giving up the ideal of a Pan-Asian partnership?

About the Author

John E. Moser is professor of history at Ashland University.
For more information about John E. Moser, visit the Author Page.