How could Japan have won World War 2?
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
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.
Japan would have needed superior airplanes (which were being
built at the time) and better weapons.
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
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
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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
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.