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By 1940 Hitler had invaded France and conquered most of it in two months this was called the Biltzkrieg lightning war and in 1941 he invaded the USSR Up till then the USA was not involved in World War II however they were supporting the British Allies Until 1941 there was no major conflict between the USA and Japan Rivalry between Japan and the USA had begun since the 1920s The main problem was trade rivalry While Europe fought in the First World War Japan was able to take over most of the their trading activity in the far east However the USA also wanted to dominate trade in the Far East When the world trade depression of the 1930s began to hit Japan powerful businessmen and military leaders which wanted Japan to build its own empire on the mainland of Asia invaded Manchuria 1931 Six years later Japan was in full war with China At 1940 american spies also retained a valuable piece of information that Germany Italy and Japan signed a pact Japan wanted conquer the Far East which would make it self-sufficient raw materials This was not only threatening to the USA but also the USSR However in June 1941 Hitler invaded USSR and sovled Japans problem As the Japanese continued to extend their empire south and invade China conquering a third of the country The USA was shocked to see this after witnessing Hitler conquer most of Europe so the Americans placed embargoes and cut supplies of iron Japan was in fact already planning a strike on Pearl Harbor Prime Minister Hideki tojo told the ambassadors in Washington dC to keep up negotiations for as long as they could so the Americans would not suspect anything However American cyptographers had cracked the Japanese Imperial Code and were reading every message that was coming from Japan So the Americans knew the Japanese were planning some kindo of move
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