How were trade sanctions against Japan the reason for starting World War 2 against the US?
Though it wasn't the only reason, the trade embargo deeply affected Japan. Japan obtained the majority of its resources (especially fuel and oil) from other countries. By blocking trade to Japan, who was already recovering from sever economic recession, they economically drained Japan.
As early as 1938 the US began a series of economic and covert military (Flying Tigers) actions against Japan. The largest was the cancellation of the 1911 commercial treaty with Japan. The Roosvelt administration increased these under Secretary of War Stimson and Treasury Secretary Morgenthau began a series of economic actions that gradually put a stranglehold on the Japanese. Among these was the Export control act which blocked all exports from US private companies to Japan.
In July of 1941 the Roosvelt administration launched a double offensive, by stationing long range bombers and moving the Pacific fleet towards Japan in Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, and increasing the Philippine military presence, (actions similar to the Missiles in October the US would face from Russia/Cuba years later), Roosvelt convinced both the UK and Holland to cut off all oil supplies to Japan.
These actions forced what Stimpson wrote in his diary as the actions he hoped for to force the Japanese to take the first shot. The Japanese did take action on December 7th by attacking the US base at Pearl Harbor and against the Philippines.
How did japan react when the US threatened economic sanctions unless japan returned to its borders of 1931?
Secure natural resources. Japan has to import all natural resources. Japan move to do this by invading other Asian countries caused USA to impose severe sanctions on Japan. At the time USA was largest supplier of oil. These sanctions caused Japan to either submit to USA demands or go to war. They chose war.
the main reason they failed is because they were not willing to use collective force to stop Japan. Another reason is Japan left the league and this proved the league had no power over big countries. Again the league did not impose on sanctions and they also took too long investagating,1 year, by which time Manchuria had been totally taken over.
The reason why the US used the atomic bomb against Japan was that the US wished to bring the war to a more rapid conclusion, in order to avoid giving the Soviet Union the opportunity to invade and take over Japan, as the Soviet Union had already done in Eastern Europe as a by-product of their fight against the Third Reich.
There were rising tensions between the U.S. and japan mostly because the U.S. put economic sanctions(boycotted) on japan. This meant that we would not trade with japan. This was very bad for japan because japan has few to none natural resources. What mad this even worse was japan was in a war and needed food for troops, oil/gas for tanks,planes,trucks,ect., metal for tanks,planes,trucks,ect, We put economic sanctions on japan because they were invading china(our ally)…
First of all, action against a country required a unanimous vote in the League of Nations. As a member of the League of Nations, Japan also had to the right to veto the action. Several members had valuable trade agreements, and were reluctant to vote to apply sanctions on Japan since it might hurt their agreements. As a result, the League of Nations was a failure, and Japan remained in Manchuria.
During the interwar years (1919 to 1939), Japan invaded Manchuria, and began hostilities with China, which would continue until the end of World War II. The Japanese invasion signaled the end of the League of Nations. China appealed to the League, and asked for action to be taken against Japan. Several European countries had trade agreements with Japan, and would not support sanctions. As a result, Japan continued to occupy Manchuria, and all faith was…
The tension between the US and Japan prior to December 7th 1941 was caused mainly by economic rivalry between Japan and the US in the Pacific. These tensions came to a head in 1938 and 1939 with economic sanctions imposed by the Roosvelt administration, and positioning of long range bombers and the Pacific Fleet to islands in the Pacific close to Japan. The economic sanctions by the US increased, and all overtures by the Japanese…