The major causes of World War II were numerous. They include the impact of the Treaty of Versailles following WWI, the worldwide economic depression, failure of appeasement, the rise of militarism in Germany and Japan, and the failure of the League of Nations.
The Japanese attack on the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, led President Franklin Roosevelt to declare war on Japan. A few days later, Nazi Germany declared war on the United States, and America entered World War II against the Axis powers.
The country has been physically invaded a few times – once during the War of 1812, once during the Mexican–American War, several times during the Mexican Border War, and three times during World War II, two of which were air invasions.
Without the US in WWII, the western Allies would have had no resources or manpower to defeat Germany. Russia was able to turn back Germany largely on the strength of money and materials that the US provided. In the Pacific, no power would have effectively resisted, let alone defeated, Japan.
At the most extreme, no attack on Pearl Harbor could have meant no US entering the war, no ships of soldiers pouring over the Atlantic, and no D-Day, all putting 'victory in Europe' in doubt. On the other side of the world, it could have meant no Pacific Theatre and no use of the atomic bomb.
And although the Japanese government never believed it could defeat the United States, it did intend to negotiate an end to the war on favorable terms. It hoped that by attacking the fleet at Pearl Harbor it could delay American intervention, gaining time to solidify its Asian empire.
Because the USA was the only MAJOR power involved in the Pacific war and so did not have to divide Japan up with any other power. In Europe it was the USA, Britain, France and the USSR involved in the war and they all wanted a piece of the spoils.
To simply answer that question: no, they cannot. Japan was at a disadvantage in fighting a long war against China that they had to try to take as many territories as possible before the KMT, Regional warlords, and Communist can unite.
Japan, the only country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is part of the US nuclear umbrella but has for decade adhered to the three non-nuclear principles – that it will not produce or possess nuclear weapons or allow them on its territory.
In truth, China lost the First Sino-Japanese War because of the corrupt and incompetent Qing Dynasty, which brutally exploited the Chinese, especially the Han people.
Though far weaker and poorer than the mighty United States or the British Empire, China played a major role in the war. Some 40,000 Chinese soldiers fought in Burma alongside American and British troops in 1944, helping to secure the Stilwell Road linking Lashio to Assam in India.
On October 13, 1943, the government of Italy declares war on its former Axis partner Germany and joins the battle on the side of the Allies.
|Known for||Saving about 250,000 Chinese civilians during the Nanking Massacre Establishing the Nanking Safety Zone|
|Chōsen (Korea) 朝鮮 Chōsen 조선 (朝鮮) Chosŏn|
World War II the chief Allied powers were Great Britain, France (except during the German occupation, 1940–44), the Soviet Union (after its entry in June 1941), the United States (after its entry on December 8, 1941), and China.
In order to establish control over its new protectorate, the Empire of Japan waged an all-out war on Korean culture. Schools and universities forbade speaking Korean and emphasized manual labor and loyalty to the Emperor. Public places adopted Japanese, too, and an edict to make films in Japanese soon followed.
Seventy years ago this December 13th, the Japanese Imperial Army began its seizure of Nanjing, the capital of the Republic of China. Japanese troops killed remnant Chinese soldiers in violation of the laws of war, murdered Chinese civilians, raped Chinese women, and destroyed or stole Chinese property on a scale that ...
The reasons for the Japanese behaving as they did were complex. The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) indoctrinated its soldiers to believe that surrender was dishonourable. POWs were therefore thought to be unworthy of respect. The IJA also relied on physical punishment to discipline its own troops.
Great answers for Japan, but if we do a sit down comparison between the two we find that the Japanese were vastly weaker. The Japanese military was considerably smaller, worse equipped and more poorly trained than the German army.
Total deaths by country
|Country||Total population 1/1/1939||Total deaths|
|Japan||71,380,000||2,500,000 to 3,100,000|
|Korea (Japanese colony)||24,326,000||483,000 to 533,000|
|Latvia (within 1939 borders)||1,994,500||250,000|
|Lithuania (within 1939 borders)||2,575,000||370,000|