Even though japan was small its power was very large. Pearl harbor, Hawaii, on December seventh, 1941 japan used a surprise attack on the United States using air strikes and submarines. But why, why would japan attack the United States one of japans most important importers, why Pearl Harbor. There were at least three reasons why japan attacked Pearl Harbor. These were the idea for a new world order, the U.S. embargo on oil, steel and scrap iron, and Hideki Tojo’s Imperial conference of November fifth, 1941.
One reason for the attack was the idea for a new world order. The idea that japan had the ability to be the strongest and rule the world as shown in document A. the idea for a new world order made the Japanese believe that the old world order or America and Europe was crumbling also shown in document A. this ideal also birthed the idea that japan was the fountain of the yamato (Asian) race and that Manchuria and china was rightfully theirs. This ideal contributed to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor because the United States heard of the new order and didn’t like it (document C.) causing them to embargo japan and japan seen this as a threat of sorts leading them to eventually attack the U.S.
A second reason for the attack was the U.S embargo on oil, steel, and scrap iron. After hearing of Japan’s “new order” the U.S decided to place an embargo on japan. Japan took major offence to this especially japans military leaders, seeing as though the U.S provided japan with around about 80% of japans oil as seen in document D. Oil was especially important to japan, being used for plain fuel and transport ships, without oil Japan’s conquest for the new order would be severely stomped. So needless to say this embargo enraged japan contributing a large sum as to why japan attacked.
A third reason for the attack was Hideki Tojo’s Imperial conference of November fifth, 1941. Tojo’s conference was the straw that broke the camel’s back so to say. In this conference...
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