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What caused the start of WWII in the Pacific?

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skyler89 | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 2) Honors

Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM via web

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What caused the start of WWII in the Pacific?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM (Answer #1)

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The immediate cause of World War II in the Pacific was the Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Going back a little further, the cause was really United States opposition to Japanese expansion in southeast Asia and the Pacific. In particular, the United States demanded that Japan withdraw from Indonesia in the summer of 1941, which it had only recently occupied. When the Japanese refused, the Roosevelt administration declared an embargo against Japan, depriving it of a number of goods, especially oil, which it desperately needed to prosecute the long war it was fighting in China.

The Japanese military government calculated that war with the United States was inevitable due to their competing interests in the South Pacific. Since the US was beginning a massive naval buildup, they also thought that the war could only be won with a massive, surprise blow that would cripple the navy in the Pacific, thus allowing the Japanese to expand and consolidate their posessions.

The decision was made to try to knock out the US fleet, particular its aircraft carriers, based at Pearl Harbor. The attack, which fell on December 7, 1941, was devastating, though it failed to destroy the carriers, which were out of port at the time. The United States responded with a declaration of war, and the destructive war in the Pacific began.

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blackrose14 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM (Answer #2)

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The immediate cause of World War II in the Pacific was the Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Going back a little further, the cause was really United States opposition to Japanese expansion in southeast Asia and the Pacific. In particular, the United States demanded that Japan withdraw from Indonesia in the summer of 1941, which it had only recently occupied. When the Japanese refused, the Roosevelt administration declared an embargo against Japan, depriving it of a number of goods, especially oil, which it desperately needed to prosecute the long war it was fighting in China.

The Japanese military government calculated that war with the United States was inevitable due to their competing interests in the South Pacific. Since the US was beginning a massive naval buildup, they also thought that the war could only be won with a massive, surprise blow that would cripple the navy in the Pacific, thus allowing the Japanese to expand and consolidate their posessions.

The decision was made to try to knock out the US fleet, particular its aircraft carriers, based at Pearl Harbor. The attack, which fell on December 7, 1941, was devastating, though it failed to destroy the carriers, which were out of port at the time. The United States responded with a declaration of war, and the destructive war in the Pacific began.

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thisuserhasmadeabadusername | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 25, 2012 at 3:01 AM (Answer #3)

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Pearl Harbor

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