Why did the Chinese attack us at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and was it Alaska itself they were after or all of US and Canada?
Since Alaska is closer to Canada then the USA why did the Chinese attack there and was it part of an invasion had we not fought back and started World War II?
Asking for homework but we are allowed to look on-line.
- Ted KLv 71 year agoFavorite Answer
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, not the Chinese. Japan in the early 20th Century was ruled by a military dictatorship intent on domination of Asia and the Western Pacific--that was their goal, they were never interested in trying to conquer the US or Canada. They first wrested control of Korea from Russia in 1905; invaded and annexed Manchuria in 1931, and had attacked China in 1937. The West, especially the US, had punished Japan for her aggressive war in China by instituting an embargo on oil, steel and other materials which Japan needed. The Japanese decided that they must conquer resource (especially oil)-rich Malaya & the East Indies, which at that time were colonies of Great Britain and Holland. What stood in their way of that was the US, especially the US Pacific & Asiatic Fleets.
The idea was to eliminate the US naval power, allowing the Japanese to take over the regions they needed to secure their supply of oil and other raw materials. The Japanese hoped that with the destruction of their fleet, the US would be discouraged from contesting their moves in Asia & the Pacific, or at least be forced to spend years rebuilding the fleet, thus buying enough time for the Japanese to establish a strong defensive ring throughout the Pacific. They didn't count on the US not playing by their script--a classic case of what happens when you don't make an effort to understand who your enemy is and what they're capable of. Although a few high-ranking individuals in Japan understood that the US industrial infrastructure and capacity had the potential for rapidly generating overwhelming material superiority (including, ironically, Admiral Yamamoto, who planned the Pearl Harbor attack), such prudent individuals had little or no power within the Japanese government. The arrogant, ambitious army officers who ran the Imperial High Command (and therefore, Japanese foreign policy) discounted all objections and pushed for an attack on the US.
I reiterate--the Japanese were not interested in invading North America--their interest was in establishing a Japanese empire in Asia and the Western Pacific.
- John PLv 71 year ago
Japan, not China, attacked Pearl harbour. And it would have been silly to expend any effort going to Alaska - there were far more important American military targets on the west coast of mainland USA - if the Japanese had ever got that far.
- frank lynnLv 61 year ago
Goofball, it was the Germans who bombed Pearl Harbor. They wanted all the pineapple plantations.
- Anonymous1 year ago
Mickey, you were a pisspoor troll then and you have not improved since.
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- MercuryLv 71 year ago
The Chinese were fighting the Japanese perhaps you failed history at school.
- Dj2541Lv 71 year ago
I blame home schooling for the deluded non factual basis of your question.
- Anonymous1 year ago
Tensions between America and Japan had been rising for some time. America opposed Japan's imperialistic ambitions in East Asia and had been carrying out various levels of opposition to Japan. Some of this included helping to support Chinese forces fighting Japan, including sending former American servicemembers to act as an air force for the Chines Kuomintang. It also included economic sanctions, including banning large classes of industrial goods and, by Summer of 1941, an oil embargo. By 1941, the Japanese leadership had come to the conclusion that a war with the US was inevitable. They decided to start it on their own terms. Pearl Harbor was the major US naval base in the Pacific, where the US fleet which would take on Japan was based. The Japanese hoped that a devastating attack on Pearl would cripple the US navy and set the Americans back in the coming war. The Japanese hoped that by the time the US was ready to really challenge them that they would have their East Asian conquests pacified and would be able to meet the US on a more equal footing.
- MajorArmedManLv 71 year ago
It's because Bluto said so.
- Anonymous1 year ago
Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, not China. Japan wanted to eventually win by taking over any bases in Southeast Asia and the Pacific established by the United States or any colonizing European power. There is no record of them being interested in Alaska. They would have been more interested in the 48 contiguous states, thinking they could attack from the east, and Germany could attack from the west, since Germany declared war on the United States afterwards.
As Pearl Harbor was on a Hawaiian island, Oahu, it was in the area of interest to the Japanese. They planned and performed a surprise attack on it, and this drew the United States into World War II, as the United States declared war on Japan, and then Germany declared war on the United States.
- LizLv 61 year ago
I am from Canada and did not take US History, but we studied worked war 2 a lot.
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour (in Hawaii) in December 1941. The world war had already started in 1939 and the US had not entered it yet. Japan wasn’t trying to invade the US or Canada (Canada had been in the war for over 2 years). My understanding is that they were trying to get the US into the war (this I am not 100% sure of so look it up). The US declared war on Japan immediately following this attack and joined the World War in Europe not long after that.
Please do your homework. As someone not from the US, I shouldn’t know more than its history students.