In order to stop Japan's campaign in Southeast Asia, we are implementing a steel and oil embargo until Japan gives in.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii & the Surprise Attack
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Japan started their campaign for an empire in Asia in 1931. During this time, they overran Manchuria and renamed it Manchukuo. Japan eventually clashed with China. By July of 1941, the Japanese had occupied French Indochina. After this the Japanese started to focus on other countries. Concerned, the U.S., Great Britain, and the Netherlands all began to impose strict economic restrictions on Japan.
The United States forced a steel/oil embargo on Japan because of their actions in Southeast Asia. They U.S. though they would stop Japan's campaign if they took away their resources.
FDR/"Date Which Will Live in Infamy"
Japan has awaken the "Sleeping Giant!"
We've almost got the rest of the fleet done already. Just a few more ships left.
As a result of the United States implementing the steel/oil embargo on Japan, they attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack was a surprise to the people at the harbor and they were all very unprepared. A total of two battle ships were sunk and over 2,400 people were killed.
On December 7 and 8, 1941, the Japanese attacked several other islands in the Pacific Ocean. These other islands included Guam and the Philippines, which were also in the United States' possession.
A day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech which he called the day of the attack a, "Date which will live in infamy." He goes on and agrees that the United States should declare war on Japan and enter World War II. This was also the speech where FDR stated that Japan had woke the "Sleeping Giant."
After the attack on Pearl Harbor most of the ships were able to be repaired and soon enough, the United States had a full navy again. Furthermore, none of the more important ships, the aircraft carriers, were damaged because they were not in the harbor.