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How could Japan have won World War 2?

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2016-12-12 19:44:35

Looking back on Japan and World War Two, it can easily be said

that Japan was unprepared to fight the US in a protracted war

against the US. Japan did not have the resources to win that war

when it is considered that Japan was heavily engaged within China,

and eventually the UK in East Asia.If Japan had a population of

double its size in the war, and had waited until it could build a

huge air force and larger navy, it would have had a chance. Japan

not only underestimated the power of the US, it over estimated its

own power.

Japan did not build enough aircraft carriers or a larger

submarine fleet to win WW 2. It also used its army inefficiently.

It was tied up in China and could not defend its "island" empire in

the Pacific Ocean.

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2013-04-11 00:23:09

Japan would have needed superior airplanes (which were being

built at the time) and better weapons.

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By not attacking the USA in the first place, Japan could've


I believe Japan could have won WW2 but only if a few critical

decisions were made.

1. They would have had to stop using their code. The US had cracked

their diplomatic code and because of that knew when and where they

were going to strike.

2. Japan would have to leave Manchuria. It was a costly

battleground that has been going on for years. Leaving Manchuria

would free up necessary resources so they can attack and defend

vital assets.

3. They would have to have a commander in chief. A major problem

was the commanders of the navy and military debating among

themselves on what tactic to choose and on who will get what

resource. A commander in chief would be able to unite the different

branches to accomplish set goals. Even though the emperor was the

leader of Japan at the time, he was no where near influential

enough to have a direct hand in the armed forces.

4. They needed to take over Midway, Australia, and the Hawaiian

islands. Doing so would confine the US navy to the Eastern Pacific

with no means of reaching the core of the Japanese empire without

running out of fuel.

5. They needed to take over India and, if possible, the Middle

East. India at the time was the backbone of the British Empire. It

supplied much needed soldiers and resources to the British war

effort in Europe and North

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India would almost certainly have made the British surrender to the

Germans which means the US would have a much harder time liberating

Europe. The Middle East is important for its vast stores of oil

which would fuel the Japanese war machine. It is most important if

they face a prolonged conflict.

However, even with these changes it is still doubtful they could

have beaten the US. There is another way, though of how they could

have won.

Back then, Russia and Japan had a series of border disputes which

led to numerous wars, including a battle in 1939. During that

battle the Russians crushed the Japanese. When Hitler invaded

Russia in 1941, around the same time the Americans put an oil

embargo on the Japanese that ultimately led to war, Japan should

have gone to Hitler's aid and assisted. Doing this would've been

great for Japan, she would've been able to take back "lost"

territory, gain access to the caucus oil fields (oil was the main

reason for starting a war), and avoid fighting the US.

While the Japanese lost to the Russians two years earlier, this

time was much different. As it was, Hitler came very close to

taking over Russia, many historians believe he could've had he

maintained a strategic goal, focused his troops, and not scraped

the Ural Bomber program (there are others too but that is a

different conversation) Until 1942 the Russians were pretty much

defenseless against the Germans and didn't actually start winning

until the middle of 1943. Had Japan invaded Siberia, Russia would

have been forced into a two front war. The 150,000 winter weather

equipped solders wouldn't have been available to aid the Germans.

Furthermore, it would have been more difficult to move the industry

east, out of the range of German bombers. Doing so could've

actually then put them in the range on Japanese bombers.

Furthermore, Japan had a far superior navy than Russia, in fact, it

had the best surface fleet of all the axis powers. The Imperial Air

Force was also far superior to the Russians, the German Luftwaffe

had almost destroyed the Russian Air Force at one point in the war,

the addition of the Japanese would have certainly crippled the

Ruskies. Though the Russians did have superior tanks and artillery

to the Japanese, had Japan picked a fight with Russia instead of

America, things would have been much different.

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