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Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor in 1941?

Would Japan win in the WW2 and rule Asia now if it didn't attack Pearl Harbor?
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Post time 2012-9-16 17:07:10 |Display all floors
No.  It just hastened the US into the war.

The Reds would have still kicked the Japs out of China after beating the nazis.
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Post time 2012-9-18 22:59:10 |Display all floors
The question is completely rhetorical. Until some hard evidence is found, no one will ever know the real reason. The standard version is that the US was imposing an embargo on Japan's access to resources such as oil and they needed them out of the way to continue their expansionist war. I'm filling in a blank I don't know here, but I think Japan wanted to eliminate US power in the Pacific and restrain their navy to the US mainland- I don't think they had any plans of invasion (but with the Japan of that period, who knows? They were as crazy as the Nazis). Admiral Yamamoto, the story goes, was lukewarm about the attack and warned of the 'enemy's resolve' (the US) after it. The army under the Tojo's influence however won out and the attack was launched. Roosevelt, as rumor has it, knew in advance and allowed the attack. Supposedly the New Zealand PM's office warned the White House ahead of time of the huge armada, but was ignored. It wouldn't surprise me at all if it's true (I believe it is; makes sense).
To speculate on what would have happened had Japan not attacked Pearl Harbor is nonsensical as Japan would not have been able to extend its war or maintain it even under an embargo. So what happened happened. It was a brutal war for both sides that ended with Japan's total destruction.
Speculating on what the Soviet Union would have done in America's absence is likewise frivolous. Still, I like to imagine that over time China would have prevailed against Japan, at a tremendous loss. Without aid, Russia would have floundered on its Western Front and maybe have lost Moscow. Then they would have been embroiled with Japan in Manchuria. Who knows? This sort of thing is gibberish. Better to play Risk or something.

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Post time 2012-9-18 23:20:05 |Display all floors
Oh, so no. The US, in control of the Philippines, would have strangled Japan's oil supply (as it was already doing) and Japan would have lost to China and the Soviet Union. Japan's plan to rule the world was hopeless and insane. Generals who are convinced of their armies' invincibility over scores of enemies covering a continent of territory always lose. History has seen some exceptions though (always one villain wonders like Atilla the Hun).  

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Post time 2012-9-18 23:48:46 |Display all floors
because dem Nips were very, very naughtyl,
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Post time 2012-9-19 07:53:27 |Display all floors
St_George Post time: 2012-9-16 17:07
No.  It just hastened the US into the war.

The Reds would have still kicked the Japs out of China a ...

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Post time 2012-9-19 08:11:06 |Display all floors
It is interesting to speculate, politicians are ruthless paranoid scitzoes, what makes me wonder is the stupid way Japan is goading China. I believe China is much more mature and calculating than many have the good sense to believe. When the Flips were being silly their tomatoes suddenly disappeared from the supermarket shelves here. Something about quarantine?
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