Japanese Aggression During World War II Essay

798 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Leading up to the United States’ involvement in World War II, Japan exhibited aggressive imperialistic quests throughout Asia. After an attack on an American military base in Hawaii, the United States would enter combat in an attempt to curb the Japanese aggression. World War II consisted of battles mainly against Germany in Europe and Japan in the Pacific, and the Allies heavily relied on the United States to control the Pacific. American involvement in the Pacific eventually disabled Japanese aggression, as President Harry Truman called for the destruction of major Japanese cities via the atomic bomb. Despite an early advantage in the war, Japan was forced to surrender to the Americans, and as a result, the Allies proved victorious in the strife against the Axis Powers. Early Japanese aggression began with the dispute over control of French Indochina. Shortly after forming an alliance with the Axis Powers, Japan established a protectorate in French Indochina, which marked the beginning of conflict with the United States. As a result of the aggression and imperialism, President Franklin Roosevelt placed an oil embargo on Japan in addition to freezing Japanese assets in US banks. Tensions rose between Japan and the United States, and on December 7, 1941, Japanese soldiers launched an unexpected attack of the American military base at Pearl Harbor. Conflict was eminent; however, an attack on Pearl Harbor surprised US troops. While equipment was damaged and nearly 2400…

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