When was Taiwan occupied by Japan??[/quote]
Thanks for bringing my attention to this matter. After a brief stop over to Wikipedia, I concur that your point is valid. Taiwan was ceded to Japan in the 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki and became a Japanese colony. The military occupied space in Taiwan, but that does not really count as “belligerant military occupation” of Taiwan as first clarified and supplemented by the Hague Convention. The Japanese military suppressed the short lived Taiwan Republic and ruled over Taiwan for 50 years. The presence of Japanese officials and other personnel (including military personnel) in Taiwan after that date does not qualify as “military occupation.”
The Treaty ushered in half century of Japanese rule, which only ended at the end of World War II. During this period, Taiwan was an integral part of the Japanese Empire. Thus, I conclude that Taiwan was “part” of Japan, which it will not become again, because of the actions of three nations, Japan, Germany and Italy, that became “unified” as the Axis powers in World War II.
For whatever it’s worth, that means Taiwan was also part of the Axis. Upon further research at Wikipedia, I stumbled across The Reformed Government of the Republic of Taiwan, issues wherein that may have lead me to mistakenly conclude that Japan, by militarily occupying the Republic of China, had done that with the island of Taiwan. Good thing that I got the picture improved. By the way, that link really needs some editing! It runs rampant with spelling and grammar inventions.