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Japan’s Road to War. Japan Felt Disrespected Treaty of Versailles Japan left unsatisfied Washington Naval Conference 5:5:3 ratio American Immigration Policy Japanese immigrants excluded on the West Coast Manchukuo America refused to recognize it. The China Incident

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Japan Felt Disrespected

  • Treaty of Versailles
        • Japan left unsatisfied
  • Washington Naval Conference
        • 5:5:3 ratio
  • American Immigration Policy
        • Japanese immigrants excluded on the West Coast
  • Manchukuo
        • America refused to recognize it
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The China Incident

  • The Chinese proved more resilient than the Japanese thought
      • Japanese Army was beginning to wear down
  • In 1940, Japanese – American trade treaty ended
      • U.S. refused to renew
  • Japanese focus turned to the south (Thailand, Burma, Malaya, French Indochina, and Dutch East Indies)
      • Valuable war supplies and materials (tungsten, rubber, tin, rice, oil)
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Tensions Growing

  • General Hideki Tojo promoted from
  • Minister of War to Premier
  • Escalation of militaristic attitudes
  • As Japan became more openly
  • expansionist, the U.S. let it be known
  • that they disapproved
  • Negotiations continued through November of 1941 but Japan had already made up its mind that war with the U.S. was inevitable
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Bushido

  • Ancient Japanese code of honor –
  • Think Samurai Warriors
  • Emperor Hirihito 
  • Used this as a tool to motivate
  • the masses to fight and die in the
  • name of the Emperor
  • This was not the true intentions of
  • the Bushido code
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Kamikazes

  • 1281 – Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan’s invasion repelled by a typhoon
    • A sign from the Sun Goddess
  • Twentieth century version of the Divine Wind
  • The Japanese deliberately
  • crashed their planes into
  • American targets
  • Death for their Emperor
  • Sign of desperation