The Empire of Japan (KyÅ«jitai}}: å¤§æ—¥æœ¬å¸åœ‹; Shinjitai: ; pronounced Dai Nippon Teikoku), officially Empire of Greater Japan also known as Imperial Japan and the Japanese Empire refer to Japan during the period it was governed by the Constitution of the Empire of Japan, from November 29, 1889 to September 2, 1945. The Emperors during this time, which spanned the Meiji, TaishÅ and ShÅwa eras, are now known by their posthumous names which coincide with those era names: Emperor Meiji (Mutsuhito), Emperor TaishÅ (Yoshihito) and Emperor ShÅwa (Hirohito). After World War II the empire dissolved and became modern Japan.
In the half century up to the 1930s, Japan's exports grew from 144 million to 5,331 million yen (Â¥). This amounted to a share of world trade of only 3.7%, compared with 13.7% for the United Kingdom or 11.8% for the United States. The Great Depression of the 1930s also resulted in imports exceeding exports by Â¥1,000 million.