They attacked China, Manchuria, fought with Russia in the Russo-Japanese war, took control of Korea, and once again attacked China. Soon, they required more raw materials as the West began to take notice of japans rising status in the Far East. They were an ally during WWI, but soon after the war they sought more independence, a release from what they considered unequal trade agreements, and more autonomy. Dutch and British concerns over their oil reserves in the East Indies became an issue for the West.
Japan then aligned with Germany and Italy to form the Axis Powers. Franklin D. Roosevelt began to slowly cut off supplies and freezing Japanese assets, but he continued to trade scrap metal and oil while the two nations continued to negotiate over the s...
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...ruction. However, many believe that the incendiary bombs dropped night after night on Tokyo, and other cities in Japan may have caused even greater damage than the Atomic weapons.
The reality is nothing was learned. We, humans learned how to kill better and with greater casualties. However, shortly after the Korean War would follow then the Viet Nam War, then a series of skirmishes, and upheavals on a global scale and now the global war on terror. The final effect on Japans attack on Pearl Harbor is America after the V - J Day suddenly became a global power economically, and militarily. With such power came major responsibilities, and a desire to Americanize, Westernize, and democratize the world. In order to enforce our desires we became the world’s police force, un-liked for whom we are until a nation is in trouble, and then and only then do they call us friend.
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