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Imperial Japan70 million people in 1930sShaken colonial yoke becoming major regional powerNeeded natural resourcesDesired complete control of entire regionThreatened by China, U.S.S.R., U.S.A., Great BritainSino-Japanese War, rape of Nanking (220 000 Japanese soldier deaths, 1.03 million Chinesedeaths)Why Did Japan Attack US/GB?Resources (Long term)Stalemate in Chinese war (Long term)Fear of greater powers (Long term)Western losses in 1940-41 presented opportunity to attack (Short term)US was arming, preemptive strike was available (Short term)Japan seizes part of Indochina in August 1941USA freezes Japanese assets and cuts off oil supplies in responseTurning Points: Pearl HarbourDecember 7th 19416/8 US Pacific Battleships lost
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