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Why and when did the Japanese join World War 2?

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2005-09-12 15:48:53
2005-09-12 15:48:53

There are several thoughts concerning Japan's motives for joining WWII. The most accepted seems to be related to Japan's efforts to take over many of the islands in NW Pacific. Japan was in a mode of "Empire Building" when they attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Japanese leadership at the time seemed to believe that control over the Hawaiian islands was their right and that the additional base of operations in the Mid Pacific would give them power to control all traffic in the Pacific. One Japanese leader was heard to even say that the American people would not be able to endure a war such as the one that the Japanese would send to us and cited as proof the fact that we were not genetically pure enough to be able to endure hardships. Japanese leadership truly believed that with America fighting Germany and the Axis powers in Europe, that we would be far too busy to deal with a war in the Pacific. Japan was aligned with the Axis powers only in their mutual efforts to weaken our resolve and deplete our resources.

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