Pearl Harbor Flaws

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Attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States Flaws The attack on Pearl Harbor was an astonishing military strike by Japan against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. This attack was not sudden, but an event led up to by previous conflicts arising between both powerful nations. Relations began worsening as Japan set out and expanded in Manchuria. When Japan effortlessly defeated China, the US began to foresee war with Japan. As Japan annexed China and Manchuria, war out broke between these countries. Japan gradually withdrew from the agreements made in the 1920’s, and joined the fascist powers, Germany and Italy. As these three nations joined together, they threatened defenseless British, French and Dutch possessions. US, although…show more content…
These feelings of hatred arose when the Japanese began to move into the United States in search for work industries on the West Coast. Upon there arrival, they encountered racist reactions from many Americans. The Americans believed that the Japanese were stealing jobs and lowering wages. Many laws were passed that openly discriminated against Asians, Japanese in specific. Many of these laws stated that Japanese could not become citizens of the United States and could not hold basic rights. For example many Japanese were not allowed to own land. These laws left a negative impact on the newly arrived immigrants, since many of them were farmers and had little choice but to become migrant workers. It is believed that the beginning of this racism towards Japanese is from a League known as the Asiatic Exclusion Act. This group’s aim was to spread anti-Asian propaganda and influence legislation restricting Asian immigration (Japans Pacific Onslaught). Along with racism towards immigration, Japan felt as if though they were treated inferior to the United States during the Russo-Japanese War. Japan had defeated the Russian Fleet at the Battle of Tsushima. It was the first naval defeat by an Asian power of a Western power in that period. (Vat) After that, Japan continued its naval expansion after World War I. Looking at Japans success; Great Britain and United States realized that the Japanese Navy could threaten their interests. In order to preserve their goals, they came up with The Washington Naval Treaty. This Treaty placed restrictions on the tonnage of battleships, aircraft carriers, and cruisers that Japan could build in relation to those of the United States and Britain (Willmott). The United States argued that they had naval commitments outside of the Pacific, so the Japanese would effectively have equal

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