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Reasons that Japan Involved the US in War For more than fifty years historians and social scientists have been questioning whether or not the United States was already at war prior to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor Because of the conflict that already existed regarding Japans expansionist practices the United States may or may have not needed to have its hand forced in the official designation of war in the Pacific As the Japanese Empire had grown so had its control over its territories For example in the early 1930s Japan invaded Manchuria a clear sign that the Japanese did not intend to lessen their efforts to gain control throughout Asia The Japanese who had blocked a number of Russian incursions into Manchuria were moving in to gain control of the regions plentiful coal and iron which Japan sorely lacked In 1937 Japanese and Chinese forces fought near Beijing resulting in Japans occupation of northern China The United States ostensibly disapproved of such actions but refused to take any direct action in stopping it Whether or not these conflicts began inadvertently or whether they were planned is unknown Nevertheless they led to a full-scale war known as the second Sino-Japanese War Questions as to why Japan wanted the US involved in war bring to bear the numerous issues involved in any discussion of pre-World War II Japanese-American relations as well as those revolving around the war itself It seems obvious that if there had been some level of agreement between the nations regarding the larger expansionist practices of Japan the need for such a dramatically destructive move as the bombing of Pearl Harbor might have been avoided Japans sense of achievement as well as its sense of resentment its attempt to learn from the West and its resistance to Western influence warred with each other throughout the 1920s and early 1930s Fallows 33 Under the rule of Emperor Hirohito who
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