Asked • 05/22/19

Did imperialist Japan ever want to annex Hawaii because of the Japanese minority living here?

Hawaii had been colonized by Japan during the 19th century, before it became an American territory. There was [an estimated 40% of Japanese in Hawaii](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii#Ancestry) in 1900 and 43% in 1920; thus we can extrapolate it would have been similar during World War 2; this is far from being insignificant. Considering the irredentist trend of the time, I think Japan could have been especially interested in annexing Hawaii, justified by the long presence of Japanese there and the very large Japanese minority. **Was Japan interested in the Japanese Hawaiian population ?**

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Paul W. answered • 05/22/19

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