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Japan, (Japanese 日本, Nippon or Nihon) officially the State of Japan, (Japanese: 日本国 Nihon koku) is a country in East Asia, formerly known as the Empire of Japan (Japanese: 大日本帝國 Dai-nippon-teikoku) from 1868 to 1945.

Under the rule of Emperor Showa (known during his reign, 1926–1989, as Hirohito), Japan began militarization and in 1937, invaded China, creating tensions that would eventually lead into World War II.

After already becoming involved in the Asian theater of combat, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked US ships at Pearl Harbor in December 1941, initiating the Pacific theater of World War II.

During the course of the war, the US proved superior to the Japanese forces, but not enough so to prevent heavy casualties on both sides. This led to the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japanese cities instead of risking a potentially drawn-out invasion and occupation of mainland Japan, which could have potentially caused innumerable deaths on both sides. After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrendered and was subsequently occupied.

Armed Forces[]

Military Branches[]

These are the military branches of the Empire of Japan:

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800px-Naval Ensign of Japan.svg The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN; Japanese: 大日本帝國海軍 Dai-Nihon Teikoku Kaigun) is the navy of the Empire of Japan. They are featured in Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 1943 and the Operation Aurora mission of Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
IJA flag The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA; Japanese: 大日本帝國陸軍 Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun) is the army of the Empire of Japan. They are featured in the Battlefield Vietnam World War II Mod and Battlefield V.


Battlefield 1942[]

Japan is one of the major combatants of World War II, and the Imperial Japanese Navy is featured in the base game of Battlefield 1942, fighting against the United States Marine Corps on the Pacific War.

Battlefield Vietnam[]

The Imperial Japanese Army fighting against United States Marine Corps in Battlefield Vietnam World War II Mod.

Battlefield 1943[]

The Imperial Japanese Navy is one of the two factions in Battlefield 1943, fighting against the United States Marine Corps on all maps.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2[]

An unknown location in the Sea of Japan is the setting for Operation Aurora in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. During the modern segment of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Japan seems to have been completely overrun by the military of Russia.

Battlefield 1[]

Though Japan itself does not appear in Battlefield 1, they are referenced in numerous codex entries. Their standard issue rifle, the Type 38 Arisaka, was added with the Turning Tides expansion, along with the Ararebo club.

Battlefield V[]

Japan as a playable multiplayer faction was added in the fifth Tides of War chapter, War in the Pacific. It takes the form of the Imperial Japanese Army, and is pitted against the amalgamated United States Armed Forces, known in-game simply as the USA.