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At Pearl Harbor it was that they had achieved total surprise and benefited by some mistakes made by the U.S. military.

In the Philippines it was because of the low priority given to building up that country until it was too late AND some major mistakes by Douglas MacArthur and his staff.

AnswerAttack on Pearl Harbour wasn't such a big success as it seems. The most importand targets like carriers, docks, fuel supplies survived. AnswerJapan was successful because the US saw them on the radar but thought they were the B-12 bombers scheduled to land. The US took no notice but monitored them. By the time they came in so fast that the lookouts didn't have enough time to tell everyone they were under attack. Finally, the attack was successful because they caught Pearl Harbor asleep by attacking them on a Sunday morning.
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