Was Japan jumping on the band wagon in WW2 or would they have gone to war anyway?
- FredLv 59 months ago
No! It was the other way around!
The Japanese Kwantung army defied the wishes of Japanese civilian government, staged the Mukden incident to invade and control Manchuria in 9-18-1931. The League of Nations did nothing. Japan and Germany walked out of the League.
Japanese national military power ascends above the civilian political power, controls the base of national finance, and what could possibly go wrong? From that point to almost 8 years later in Poland 9-1-1939 WW2 was destoned to happen!
If Japan "jumped on the band wagon" at any point it was to join with Germany and Italy 1939 in a mutual defense agreement that allowed them to claim the riches of the Indies and war with the Allied powers of Europe. Conquest claiming control of British, French, and Holland's Asian colonies while Europe's Allied forces were away defending their own European national interests.
So who jumped first? … It's my personal belief that Germany was initially inspired by (and supported!) Japan's 1931 Manchurian land grab!
- curtisports2Lv 79 months ago
Your question illustrates a shocking ignorance of EASILY-researched history. Japan was at war long before the official start of the war in Europe in 1939. They had been making moves in the Pacific since the dawning of the 20th century. The war with Russia in 1904 and its aftermath saw Japan controlling significant chunks of continental East Asia, and The Empire of Japan was seeking ever more expansion. They first invaded Manchuria (region of China) in 1931 and a second invasion of China took place in 1937. Japan was already at war.
- Anonymous9 months ago
Japan simply found themselves in a no win situation. They essentially invaded China proper in July, 1937 to put an end to all of the Chinese riots and opposition to their plans in North China. The Chinese after a year or two of putting up a fight withdrew into the western mountains where the Japanese simply didn't have the manpower to pursue them. Over time the Japanese worked their way down the Chinese coast and took all the ports, trying to cut off supplies from the outside world. By 1941 the Chinese coast was seized but China was still receiving supplies through Haiphong and Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam. The Japanese pushed on the Vichy Government for access to those ports, eventually the Japanese simply invaded and seized the ports.
In reaction to this, in July 1941, Roosevelt cut off supplies of oil and seized Japanese assets in the U.S. banks. The Japanese warlords calculated they had a years supply of oil in storage, but after that their economy and war in China would come to a screeching halt. It was then they made the decision to seize the oilfields on Borneo and Sumatra. But to do so Yamamoto, the Commander of the Combined Fleet based in Kure, insisted on taking out the U.S. Pacific fleet, based in Pearl Harbor, as a precondition for seizing Indonesia.
- EnguerarrardLv 79 months ago
Japan invaded China in July of 1937, because northern China had a lot of iron ore and coal. War with the USA wasn't inevitable, but the invasion was terribly cruel and provocative.
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- AmbistomaLv 79 months ago
They invaded China in 1937. If Europe had been at peace (and I mean real peace, not bracing for war), Europe could have properly defended its East Asian/Pacific possessions and the U.S.'s resources would not have been split. So, I speculate Japan would not have dared attack Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. Japan was arrogant enough to expect the U.S. to be a pushover, but the U.S. plus Britain while tied down in China (plus France and maybe even an opportunistic Soviet Union?) would have been more formidable.
- capitalgentlemanLv 79 months ago
Japan began fighting in the early 1930's. If anything, WWII was the jumping on of the bandwagon. In fact, because of the Japanese fighting, some consider that WWII began long before September, 1939.
- abdulLv 79 months ago
They were already at war. They had invaded China, Korea, and most of the rest of Asia. They were busily enslaving populations and removing resources to their homeland. The economic sanctions the US had in place against them for their cruelty in Asia is why they attacked the US at Pearl
- Anonymous9 months ago
Japan was at war with China long, long, long before Germany attacked Poland. Some historians date the beginning of WW2 to the Marco Polo Bridge Incident in 1937, and others go even farther back, to the beginnings of Japanese aggression in Manchuria in 1931 or so. Europe didn't go to war until 1939.
- Anonymous9 months ago