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Why did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor? Do you ever remember a day American’s trembled in fear? On December 7th, 1941, a day that will live in infamy for Americans, Japan led a surprise attack that launched three hundred sixty-one airplanes from six aircraft carriers. Pearl Harbor is United States naval base located in Hawaii. The Japanese destroyed five battleships while damaging three battleships. Two hundred airplanes damaged and many Americans lost their lives. As a result, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress for a declaration of war against Germany and Japan. The United States then entered World War ll. Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor? Japan bombed Pearl Harbor for three reasons: a plan to create a new world order, the United States oil embargo, and the fear of the United States expansion of their naval fleet. One reason why Japan wanted to attack Pearl Harbor was to begin a new world order. Japan believed that America stood in their way for a new world order. “An old order… (European and American)... is now crumbling” (Document A). Japan wants to be recognized as a world power. The Emperor of Japan wanted to spread their beliefs and ideals of the Yamato race to the entire world. In 1932, Japan completes …show more content…

As a result the United States begins an oil embargo in August of 1941. According to Suzuki Akira, Japan receives 80 percent of its oil from the United States. Due to the geography on the islands of Asia, there were few oil fields. In order for Japan to build a new world order, it was essential that they have oil. Hideki Tojo was the Prime Minister and the minister of war for Japan, he says, “I fear that we would become a third-class nation after two or three years if we just sat tight” (Document E). Tojo and the leaders of Japan feel that the United States was only asking Japan to sacrifice. Therefore, Japan would see a diminished in their military strength to the oil

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