Asia in the Great War (2018): S01E04 – Japan: An Ambitious Ally


An explanation and commemoration of Asia’s contribution to the Great War, aka World War 1.

Over 100 years ago, nearly two million men across Asia were recruited to fight in World War One. Today, few remember their sacrifice. From India’s Forgotten Army to the Chinese Labour Corp, Vietnam’s war and rebellion to Japan’s alliance and subsequent imperialism, the series examines Asia’s war effort and how it changed the continent forever.


In WWI, Japan fought on the side of the Allies, engaged in the only war in Asia, and protecting sea routes and combating enemy submarines. How did the war impact their imperialist ambitions?

Asia in the Great War Series

You can find a full index and overview of Asia in the Great War here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 14 November 2018 and 28 July 2020 (US).
  • Running Time: 48 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Video Link(s)

You can find Episode 04 of Asia in the Great War – Japan: An Ambitious Ally on here (external link).


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