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Why Japan attack Pearl Harbor?

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January 28, 2012 12:55AM

Here is a link that clearly states why japan attacked pearl harbor:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/why-did-japan-attack-pearl-harbor.html

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There were a number of contributing factors, but most importantly the U.S. had placed an embargo on oil and steel shipments to Japan. This hurt their economy a lot. The wanted to expand their their base in the Pacific. But, the U.S. has the most powerful Naval fleet in the world, much of which was based at Pearl Harbor. They wanted to cripple the U.S. fleet before beginning other military actions.