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What were some of the events in Europe that motivated Japan to enter the war on the side of the Axis Powers?

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There were a number of reasons why Japan, Italy, and Germany were allied during World War II. Many of the factors that convinced Japan to become part of the Axis alliance had their origins in places other than Europe. However, if we look at the events from a European perspective, perhaps the following factors can be considered

Both Germany and Japan had the goal of territorial expansion on their respective continents. The Soviet Union was an obstacle to this goal and a common enemy for both Japan and Germany as it lay between them. The old saying goes that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." On November 25, 1936, Japan and Germany signed a pact against the Soviet Union. Italy joined the pact one year later. This was part of the basis of the Axis alliance.

When Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States had been providing material aid...

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