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The Japanese hoped to secure their Eastern flank as they launched offensives into the South Pacific. They primarily wanted to destroy the U.S. aircraft carriers with the battleships being a close 2nd on their list. If the Americans were still able, and daring/stupid enough, to send a fleet West to try to stop the Japanese offensives it was expected it would be whatever was left after the Pearl harbor attack. The Japanese would have faced it with their intact battleline and Mobile fleet of fast carriers with the purpose of utterly destroying it.

AnswerThe reason for the attack on Pearl Harbor was so that Japan could hold the Pacific Ocean for the invasion of the USA. AnswerThe Japanese knew that the only way to defeat the Americans was to wipe out their entire fleet before they started preparing for war. Admiral Yamamoto said that if they did not destroy the entire fleet in Pearl Harbor that day it would mean defeat for Japan in the upcoming war. Therefore their plan was to completely destroy the U.S. Naval fleet. However they did not because two of the U.S.'s air craft carriers were not in Pearl Harbor. The Japanese had not calculated this and therefore they considered it a good decision.
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