The Fall had a great impact on Asia as well as Europe and the Americas. Japan had just completed 17 years of being open to the west when The Fall had occourred. Japan was in a state of transition and it had begun to race to modernize. The Japanese Imperial Army and its Navy were both begin to grow. Japan had purchased several warships from foreign countries. Some of them were made for Japan and others were surplus ships. It became clear to the Japanese Government and the Emperor that Japan was facing a real threat to its peoples existence. Japan's northern most island was becoming uninhabitable as the cold and snow got worse, The population was evacuated but even the main island was seeing the arctic type weather seeping down. Japan needed to gain territory in regions that were more inhabitable. A likely target was the Island of Formosa. Officially part of the Chinese Empire the Japanese Military had strong doubts of the ability of that empire to oppose them. China was suffering Chaos and the western Powers were too busy to interfere with Japan. Thus a mission of conquest was ordered. It would be the first of many strikes to gain both territory and resources.