The "cause" was that Japan wanted to control all of the islands of the Pacific and the U.S. Navy was considered to be an impediment to the Japanese plans. The effect of the attack of Pearl Harbour was that it forced the U.S. into a war with Japan; a war that ended in the unleashing of the worlds first, and hopefully last, use of a nuclear bomb in an attempt to defeat an enemy. Answer
twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific fleet were damaged and the death toll reached 2,403, along with 68 civilians and 1,178 injured. Of the military personnel lost at Pearl Harbor, 1,177 were from the Arizona.
Japanese imperial leadership felt that they were "entitled" to the Hawaiian Islands, and since we were already there they felt that they had the right to drive us out. Japanese leaders told their people that since the Japanese people were more "genetically pure" they would be able to bring a war to the United States that we would not be able to endure because of our genetic inferiority. The U.S. and Japan had actually been in diplomatic talks at the time of the attack. They were successful in catching the Americans with most of the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor. They made the mistake of awakening a sleeping giant. Here is more input: Japan invaded mainland China (they already had Manchuria, the north east part of China)in 1936. This brought about much tension between the U.S. and Japan, as the Americans were allies of the Chinese. The U.S. demanded that Japan withdraw from China and Indochina (but would have settled for a token withdrawal and a promise not to take more territory). General Hideki set November 29 as the last day on which Japan would accept a settlement without war. His deadline, which was kept secret, meant that war was going to happen. So, because America's and Japan's terms collided, so did their expectations therefore causing Japan to react. Japan wanted to become self-sufficient in resources such as coal, rice, and rubber. The pacific ocean was...
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