Rahul Bagga Mr.Campbell US History, Period 0 16 December 2015 Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor? One day that will always be remembered by America is the date of December 7, 1941, which changed American history forever. December 7, 1941 was the day the Japanese warplanes attacked Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) which stationed many of American ships and airfields. Immediately after the bombings, United States President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan, leading to a direct involvement into World War ll. Japan had many reason to do so but Japan attacked Pearl harbor for three reasons which were that they had a plan for a new world order, United States were expanding their number of naval ships rapidly, and an oil embargo was placed upon Japan
Considering the conflicts with Asia, the attack on Pearl Harbor was not surprising. The United States provoked the Japanese into doing the attack because of an embargo. Petroleum and metal were two resources that Japan did not have enough of. The United States received knowledge that Japan wanted to attack but just didn’t get to the issue in time. Japan was very dependent on the Americans, the two met on two different occasions to try and settle the dispute, but neither of them were willing to compromise.
In 1939 the US put an embargo on the trade of aircraft and aircraft parts being exported to Japan(Doc C). The US put this embargo on Japan a little after the Japanese had declared their “new order” policy. By establishing the embargo the US was getting involved in the war efforts against Japan. This meant that they were getting in the way of Japan's effort to create a purely Japanese empire in East Asia. With this embargo, Japan realized that they had made a new enemy.
They wanted more land and they took what they wanted.apan needed natural resources like oil, steel and iron. As shown in document (D) the U.S had cut Japan off of 80% of their oil. Oil that they needed to fuel their boats to move other resources in and out of Japan.
The Soviet Union feared that Germany attacking from the west and Japan attacking from the east would have led to an ultimate defeat and ended Communism. Roosevelt praised Stalin, the Soviet Union dictator, so he diverted Japan attention from the Soviet Union and cut off Japanese oil supplies and froze their assets. This caused Japan to move southward to conquer smaller Asian countries to obtain more natural resources instead of northward to help the Germans. Japan used these natural resources for fuel and naval vessels so that they could strike back at the United States for cutting of their supplies. If Roosevelt would have left the Soviet Union to defend themselves, Japan would not have conquered other Southern Asian countries and most likely would not have attacked Pearl Harbor.
Japan had great victories, until the war had settled because of the assistance that the Chinese had from United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union and they were threatening economic sanctions against Tokyo. Japan needed natural resources because their industrial economy depends on imported materials, especially oil. Cause of Germany’s invasion in Europe, Japan had a great opportunity to take advantage of the natural resources in Southeast Asia. They started by Manchuria, until they found another opportunity to invade French Indochina when France was capitulated in June 1940. However, the United States wanted to stop Japanese expansion by freezing Japan’s assets in the United States.
Japan attacked the US at 8:00 a.m. on December 7, 1941 because of the embargo, fear of the US Navy expansion, and Japan wanting expansion made the Japanese people afraid of the US and caused them to react. Documents today state facts of why these are the reasons that mainly caused Japan to attack Hawaii. Pearl Harbor was a US Naval Base and was the closest and easiest way to get close to the the states. In the first day that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, more than 2,000 US soldiers and sailors had died and 1,000 were wounded. After the end of the first day President Franklin Roosevelt had talked to Congress and asked to declare war on Japan and 10 Naval Battleships had been sunk.
In a time where the United States of America was going through an economic crisis, some countries were invading other defenseless nations. It was the beginning of World War II, with Germany, Italy, and Japan in the Axis alliance and France with Russia and the United Kingdom in the Allies alliance. The United States decided it was best to be isolated from other world affairs and “Put America First!” As a result in December 7, 1941, Japanese planes and submarines bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; a naval harbor set up in the Pacific Coast. This attack caused America’s entrance into the war.
Well, there were at least three reasons why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. These were that the US had cut off their supplies, Japan wanting to be the new "Leader", and the US having stronger armed forces. One reason for the attack was Japan wanting to be the new leader like Germany was before WWI. In 1938 Japan declares its policy to establish a “new order in East Asia.”
Japan started World War Two because they were going through an economic crisis and believed that China had oil, which was what they needed. That was the start of Japan’s involvement, which over time progressed to the other countries. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 which blindsided America. The U.S decided to move all Japanese-Americans and relocate them to a designated area to protect the U.S from the possibility of any Japanese-Americans helping Japan from the U.S. These actions would change the life of Japanese-Americans forever.
Japan and America were having problems before the attack was even planned. Japan wanted to take over the Chinese import market and declared war on China. America wasn't happy about it so they teamed up with the British to stop importing oil to Japan .When Japan figured that out they planned a surprise attack on America but america isn't the only country that was attacked japan also attacked hong kong,philippines,guam and singapore .the date of pearl harbor is december 7th 1941 pearl harbor lead a major change in the war it caused the u.s to join and that made a huge impact because of america's great military we helped the british ,france,soviet union and many other countries during the war .
One reason was the fact that the United States began an embargo on Japan, ending the trade of Japanese weapons. This limited Japan from obtaining more resources in their expansion. Another reason was that Japan needed oil to help keep expanding and raise their economy. The U.S. Navy was in their way, by controlling the Philippines, which is why they thought they needed to get rid of them. Lastly, both Japan and the U.S. did not agree on each other’s ways of running government.
Japan’s desperation was clear because America was already supplying them 80% of their oil (DOC D). With next to none natural resources in Japan the American supply was vital. The oil embargo pushed Japan to the state of needing to attack American soil at Pearl