I'm excited you came back, it's never late if the news are good!
I've liked the update very much, looking forward to seeing this interesting nation and TL unfold.
Thank you! As rough as my past semester was, this TL was always in the back of my mind so I'm at least brimming with ideas to put out.
Thanks for the gift of the tiblets that I hope gets expanded on at a later date.
I'm guessing that, while not an official member of the Co-Prosperity Sphere, relations with Japan and Korea are still good enough that Manchuria is heavily economically linked to both powers. I'm also getting the vibe that Korea and Japan are on much better terms in this verse than in OTL. Was Japan saner in their occupation on Korea?
Japan's ittl history will be expanded, but that's about right. As will be revealed, Japan's expansion in East Asia was pretty heavily curtailed by a stronger China, and so a lot of the Empire's repressive cultural policies in Korea never happened. As will be shown, decades of political and popular pressure paired with an economic downturn would push Japan to release Korea, at least partially.