Why did Japanese attack Pearl Harbour?
The attack on Pearl Harbour was not expected even though, for many years America and Japan had never been in good terms. America was particularly not happy with Japan’s aggressive attitude toward Japanese. The government of Japan thought that the only solution to resolve its demographic and economic issues was by expanding towards its neighbour’s region and overrules its import market. To this far, Japan had already declared an attack against China, that is in year 1937. United States officials acted in response to this hostility with a series of economic approvals and trade restrictions. They articulated that without any access to finance and goods and particularly crucial materials, such as oil, Japanese would have to restraint their expansionism. However, the approvals made Japan stronger to remain on their stand. During moments of discussions between U.S and Japan, no one would budge. It appeared that war was unavoidable, but no side believed that Japan would initiate the warfare with by attacking American region. In the first place, it would be dreadfully difficult because Japan and Hawaii are more than four thousand miles far apart (Hanson 12).
Japan’s plan was straightforward, to demolish the pacific fleet and in that way, America would not be capable of fighting back as the Japanese armed forced had spread all over the south pacific. The attack was in fact a preventive plan adopted by Japan government to stop unnecessary intervention of United States’ president in the internal dealings of Japanese. Another significant cause was as a result of ban forced by U.S president on the business functions of the Japanese, particularly export of steel, oil as well as crap iron. The ban was a great drawback to Japan’s economy and its military and trade became adversely affected (Hanson 20).
Hanson Victor. Real reason Japanese attached pearl harbour. 13 September, 2014. Web. 5 December, 2015.