Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor Essay

851 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seemed like a random act of aggression on an unsuspecting nation that had no reason to suffer, however, what if this was not the entire truth? During the mid to later parts of the 1930 's America, along with Britain, China, and the Dutch, put major trade sanctions on the Japanese Empire called the "ABCD Line" which refers to the nations involved. These sanctions specifically froze Japanese Steel, Oil, and Rubber imports. The Japanese media and propagandists quickly stated that western powers were meddling in Japanese affairs to bring about an economic collapse and regime change. The Japanese military quickly began to use this as a casus belli for their justification for attacking pearl harbor.
Japan began its militaristic policies during the Second Sino-Japanese war, which started in 1937. The subjugation of China by western powers all throughout the early 19th century and late 20th century left a power vacuum in the far east. Japan saw this as an opportunity to claim Manchuria from china, and to use its vast coal and iron deposits to become self-sufficient in its steel production. However, this did not go unnoticed by the west, and soon heavy restriction was placed on Japan in the steel industry to muscle the Japanese Empire into the negotiation table. Unfortunately, this led the Japanese Military Junta to focus more on self-sufficiency in other areas as well, and only lead to a deterioration in the relationship between Japan and the…

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