Japan started trying to take over Asia, they landed in the east coast of China in Manchuria and stationed troops there in order to try and take over northeastern China. ("Japan Launches A Surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941"). In reaction to Japan’s landing and hostility towards China the United States, who wanted to keep the open-door policy with China, placed economic sanctions of Japan to slow down Japan’s advances in China. (Higgs). President Roosevelt hoped that these sanctions that the united states put on Japan would lead them to making the mistake of declaring war on the United States (which would also bring Italy and Germany into the attack too since they were all allied) the reason why Roosevelt would want to go to war was that Roosevelt didn’t like the Japanese and the Germans.
The Japanese managed to drastically cripple the U.S. Pacific fleet, and had the Pacific carriers been present, the Japanese might have even been able to change the course of the war. This disaster, which enraged the American public, sparked a Declaration of war towards Japan and the other Axis powers. This intern marked the United States formal entry into World War II. Shortly after this incident, Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief of the U.S. fleet, met with British leaders for the first joint conference, given the code name "Arcadia."
Pearl Harbor The road to war between Japan and the United States began in the 1930s when differences over China drove the two nations apart. In 1931 Japan conquered Manchuria, which until then had been part of China. In 1937 Japan began a long and ultimately unsuccessful campaign to conquer the rest of China. In 1940, the Japanese government allied their country with Nazi Germany in the Axis Alliance, and, in the following year, occupied all of Indochina. The United States, which had important political and economic interests in East Asia, was alarmed by these Japanese moves.
The United states had taken key islands and “by early 1945, American forces were then in position to attack Japan itself” (UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. Histo... ... middle of paper ... ... and nationalism would have lead the Japanese to fight to the death, resulting in huge casualties for both the Americans and Japanese. Although the atomic bombings were an extremely effective tool for ending the war, they started an era of extreme tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union would acquire nuclear technology through spying which would lead to over four decades of uncertainty and a never ending arms race. This era would be known as the Cold War and would strike paranoia into a generation. If you ask Katherine Philips, she would say that the atomic bomb was a great invention.
As a result of Japan’s forces, others had to pay for something that they did not even do. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States and Britain declared war on Japan, which caused a nationwide prejudice against all Japanese-Americans, which caused President Roosevelt to sign the Executive Order 9066and send Americans to internment camps, then after all of this the U.S. bombs Japan, ending the war and eventually congress rescinds the Executive Order 9066. After 18 months of planning, Japanese forces finally decided to take action. Their goal was to cripple the U.S. fleet so they could attack and capture the Philippines and Indo-China. Their goal for attacking and capturing the Philippines and Indo-China is to secure raw materials needed to maintain its position as a global military and economic power.
Japan started trying to take over Asia; they landed in the east coast of China in Manchuria and stationed troops there in order to try to take over northeastern China. ("Japan Launches A Surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941"). In reaction to Japan’s landing and hostility towards China the United States, who wanted to keep the open-door policy with China, placed economic sanctions of Japan to slow down Japan’s advances in China. (Higgs). President Roosevelt hoped that these sanctions that the United States put on Japan would lead them to making the mistake of declaring war on the United States (which would also bring Italy and Germany into the attack too since they were all allied) the reason why Rooseve... ... middle of paper ... ..., 1986.
Japan was attacking America’s ships and planes. Japan went home with the victory, but the next day America declared war on Japan. The Coral Sea battle lasted from May 4 –May 8 1942. This battle was fought by America and Australia vs Japan. Japan wanted to invade New Guinea and the Solomon Islands for their oil and land.
Japan's lust for domination over China and their raw materials led not only to the involvement of the United States into World War II but also the creation of the atomic bomb and the destruction of Japan's two major cities. Japan's decisions and actions led to many lost lives and their eventual surrender in World War II, but through the fire and smoke, Japan rose and matured to be one the most prosperous nations in the world. During the 1920's, Japan had started an expansion plan into Manchuria, and then into China soon after. So in order to deter these plans, America set up embargoes and sanctions. In 1940, Japan felt the sting of America's Export Control Act, and so in order to preserve their goals for expansion, Japan felt it had no choice but to make a preemptive strike against the United States.
He also started strengthening American defenses in the Pacific. The center of activity was the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Japan saw the embargo on China as a threat. Japan asked to be left alone, but America refused, insisting that they withdraw from China. Soon the embargo began to hurt Japan’s economy.
At the same time, the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto felt it necessary to develop a powerful naval air force to combat its enemies since joining Nazi Germany and the Axis Alliance (Infamy). America, alarmed by the imperialistic moves that Japan was making, decided to support China financially and militarily. America developed a program to develop China's power in the pacific. America, led by Franklin D. Roosevelt, placed an embargo on all aviation fuel, steel, scrap iron, and other raw materials to Japan. Then, a crucial event took place on August 17th, 1940; Lieutenant-Colonel Friedman (an American Cryptographer) breaks the secret "Japanese Purple Code (MAGIC)" (Essential Pearl Harbor).