Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?

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December 7th, 1941 marked the day Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese bombers. Pearl Harbor would forever be remembered as the day that brought huge hardships to many people in the United States, this attack would also lead the United States into WWII. So why don’t we go back in time before the attack, and look at the reasons why the Japanese decided to attack the United States.

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Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States had been constantly telling the Japanese that they should stop trying to conquer China and Manchuria. The reason for Japan wanting to conquer China in the year 1937 being, Japan had imperial ambitions to expand to China to solve some demographic and economic problems and to take over the Chinese import market. (Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?). So when Japan decided to declare war on China, America was against this aggression and responded with, trade embargoes and economic sanctions. (Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?). The United States had kept pressuring the Japanese government into stopping their troop’s advances, but alas the Japanese never complied.

At not receiving any acknowledgment from the Japanese government the United States slowly started to decrease the number of machinery that was exported to Japan. This not only angered the people in Japan but this also leads them to want vengeance on the people of the United States. Hence wise Japan started planning the attack on Pearl Harbor. Then when that approach didn’t stop Japan from trying to conquer China the United States decided to also cut the exportation of the American oil to Japan, which was 88% of the imported oil that Japan had. The oil lost meant that the Japanese were having a lack of resources which wasn’t going to end well for them. This led to Koichi Kido the Lord Keeper of Japan to say, This means war. (Nilsson, Jeff. Before Pearl Harbor), to the leader of Japan who was Hideki Tojo. A week later Japan started to secretly plan an attack on the United States. But even then the Japanese military had already started a plan to attack the United States, even before the war was even fully declared. After some time the Japanese started to realize how they were lacking a lot of materials to make their aircraft. The United States wasn’t going to give them any of the alloy Steel that they needed in order to make the planes. Plus the fact the United States cut the oil supply didn’t make the situation any better. This just made the events even more serious, now the Japanese had more of a motive to try to get back at the United States. Roosevelt, who was the United States president at the time, knew that the Japanese wanted war along with all of the United States government,

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