Nope, I'm being honest. Due to confucianism this place hasn't gone anywhere in a thousand years. They are so screwed up that it would be hilarious if it weren't annoying. Population reduction by about one billion would be great.
Except for Mao zi dong there hasn't been a competent home-grown government here for ten centuries. China was invaded by the Mongols, by the Manchu, by the Manchu again, by everyone with a nickel's worth of sense and organization. That was how they freshened up the government and put the country back on track. Then the amoeba which is chinese culture would slowly absorb the competent invaders until a couple centuries later, back to the same effluvia.
You could blame the war in the Pacific on Commodore Perry. Japan was sitting there happily minding its own business until CP did the usual ram-it-down-your-throats-at-gunpoint Western trick. So they figured out quick that if the bad guys have battleships, then they need them also. To a great extent the situation with Japan was the fault of the US. (1)
Anyhoo, if Yamamoto hadn't screwed up and if there hadn't been a war in Europe, Japan probably w0uld have become the next dynasty to run China. When you compare Japanese culture with Chinese and realize how opposite they are, it could have been a fun thing to watch.
(1) By the way, historically speaking (not politically, of course) the United States has been one of the world's most evil governments. Maybe Spain during the Inquisition and the conquest of the "new world" could top us but it'd be a tight contest. The US be some nasty-ass people.