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HISTORY OF ASIA August of 1917 Japan was ready to reap her benefits of imperialism and she had her eyes on China The exchange of the Lansing -Ishii Notes between the US and Japan this agreement granted territorial superiority of China to Japan Japan interest in China mostly economic The Japanese population was growing cities were crowded and consumer goods were scares and its standard of living extremely low A major earthquake also adds to Japans plight Japan was a small island limited in natural resources and inhabitable space The Japanese saw the turmoil in China as an opportunity to divide conquer and move in Japan had been recognized as one of the Big Five powers and held a seat on the Council of the League of Nations Japan had secured economic success during WWI Japan had large textile factories submarines and fleets At the Washington Naval Conference Japan was angered at its ratio of ships It blamed the outcome on the US Japan did however agree to withdraw from Shantung and from Siberia The Great Depression ate away at Japans economic power unable to export silk agricultural goods and limited goods were being imported Japan was looking to plant its people on foreign soil Chinas soil Japan felt it was treated unfair by the US and Great Britain and eventually signed the Anti- Comintern Pact in 1937with Germany Russia had already begin planting its Communist ideas in China Japan needed an ally By 1940 the United States had banned exports to Japan such as scrape metal and fuel Japan leaders were worried they had been using reserves Japan invaded Dutch Indonesia and only received a small amount of fuel Japan asks all British and American s to leave On Dec 7 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor The Pacific War could have been avoided if Japan and the United States
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