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What was the main reason behind the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?

A.Japan wanted to cripple the US Navy and gain control over the Pacific.
B.Japan wanted to draw the Americans into war so that the Allied forces would have more allies.
C.Japan wanted to gauge the strength of the US Navy and analyze the outcome of the war.
D.Japan wanted to gain control over the US Navy to strengthen the Japanese Naval force.
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A. is the best answer. Japan wanted control of the pacific for its resources; of which they had little. For Japan it was economic and greed. They wanted to dominate and become a world power. There is much written on this subject...you should research this topic, it is quite interesting.
 
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