Title of Essay: Why the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor
• Did American Far East Policy cause Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?
• Did American Economic Sanctions cause Japan to attack Pearl Harbor?
• Did American Actions during final Negotiations cause Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor?
Why the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor:
A Review of the Literature
Reviewing the Japanese and United States political affairs history up to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the turning point came about after Japan won the war over Russia in 1905. From that period henceforth, American and Japanese interests began to collide. The end of Japanese and Russian War saw Japan emerge stronger in East Asia as a major regional power. This change of power balance elicited caution by the United States towards Japan. In the grass roots level, there was an illustration of the worsening relationship between the two nations. The immigrants of the Japanese origin were subjected to American racism, psychological fear, and economic anxiety in America. The hatred led in restrictions and prohibitions upon Japanese land holding, naturalization, immigration, school segregation, boycotts and personal violence against the Japanese. In response, the Japanese were dissatisfied by a series of treaties that were discriminatory by the Americans.
Did the American Far East Foreign Policy Trigger the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor?
The relationship between the Americans and the Japanese thawed further during the outbreak of World War I. The Japanese had entered into a treaty with Germany where it got concessions China and issued a list of demands on China. This aggression by Japan received strong opposition within the US administration that foothold on China by the Japanese would nullify the Open Door Policy. The American then secretary assistant to the navy Franklin D. Roosevelt became involved into resisting the Japanese initiatives with a...