An Opium Tug-of-War: Japan versus the Wang Jingwei Regime

Motohiro Kobayashi, Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi and Aaron Skabelund

in Opium Regimes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220096
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924499 | DOI:
An Opium Tug-of-War: Japan versus the Wang Jingwei Regime

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This chapter explores the Wang Jingwei regime, which replaced the Reformed Government in Nanjing in 1940 and survived to the end of war. It explains that Wang strove for a higher degree of autonomy from Japan than did the leaders of the Reformed Government, but was placed in a tug-of-war over opium revenues because of Japan's need to purchase war materials from other collaborator regimes in China. The chapter concludes that without opium, Japan could not have waged total war, and that it was beyond Wang's capacity to resist that necessity.

Keywords: Japan; Wang Jingwei regime; Reformed Government; Nanjing; opium revenues; collaborator regimes; China; war

Chapter.  7199 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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