Japan militarism and European fascism of the mid-20th century possessed many notable similarities, as both were authoritarian governments with totalitarian tendencies. The military of fascist nations were only one tool of the government, while the military of Imperial Japan was the dominant social and political force.
Whereas the Japanese government and military espoused a spiritual element in veneration of a living emperor, European fascists were decidedly secular. For fascists, the state was the most important organization, and the nationalistic beliefs propagandized by these countries underscored this emphasis.
Japan's military was a means to an end, namely in the Amau Doctrine—a policy to conquer and rule over Asia in the name of peace.