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During the 1930s the US watched Japan with growing concern for their aggressive territorial expansion Japan was on a campaign to rule Southeast Asia and to build an empire President Franklin D Roosevelt took necessary precautions to ensure that this did not happen He moved the main core of the US Pacific Fleet from the west coast of the mainland of the US to Hawaii on the island of Oahu at Pearl Harbor in an attempt to strengthen the nations military presence The US would then cut off oil exports to Japan Without the US supplying Japan with oil the nations military and industrial forces soon came to a standstill Japan responded by joining the Axis alliance with Italy and Germany which the US saw as a serious threat The tension between the US and Japan continued to grow Eventually this tension would lead up to the severing of diplomatic relations between Japan and the US The United States would be sucked into the Second World War after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 a date which will live in infamy The relationship between Japan and the United States was becoming more and more unstable Japan was desperate to expand its empire but the US disagreed with their expansion policy The small island nation did not have the space or the resources to support its large population Many of the countries that Germany had taken control of in Europe had control over colonies in the East Indies Singapore and other locations in Southeast Asia These countries had natural resources that Japan desperately needed When the motherlands of these colonies were in trouble in Europe They lost focus on their colonies and Japan took over The US and Japan seemed to fight back and forth with displays of power Japan would become more aggressive the US moved its fleet to Pearl Harbor Japan signed the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy the United
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