List of territories occupied by Imperial Japan

List of territories occupied by Imperial Japan

The following locations represent the maximum extent of Japanese control of lands in the Pacific during the peak of its empire in World War II.


This is a list of regions occupied or annexed by the Empire of Japan until 1945. Control over all territories except the Japanese mainland (Hokkaidō, Honshū, Kyūshū, Shikoku, and some 3000 small surrounding islands) was renounced by Japan in the Surrender after World War II and the Treaty of San Francisco. A number of territories occupied by the United States after 1945 has been returned to Japan, see Japan-United States relations for details. In 2005, there is still a number of disputed territories with Russia, South Korea, the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. See foreign relations of Japan for details.

Pre-World War II

*Kuril Islands
*South Pacific Mandate, Shandong - formerly of German Empire
*Russian Far East, Baikal area and Kamchatka - 1918-1927 Japanese and Western anticommunist intervention period
*Japanese Antarctic territory

World War II

*Several regions in mainland China
*Portuguese Timor
*Hong Kong
*French Indochina
*British New Guinea
*Andaman and Nicobar Islands (British India)
*Straits Settlements (Singapore)
*British North Borneo
*Dutch East Indies
*Imphal (India)
*Wake Island
*Gilbert and Ellice Islands
*Christmas island
*Attu and Kiska (Alaska)

See also

*Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

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