Why Did Planning for An Attack on Pearl Harbor Begin
Very Early in 1941?
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Attack on Pearl Harbor Begin Very Early in 1941?
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1) In July 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy
headquarters informed Hirohito that its reserve bunker oil would
be exhausted if a new source was not found.
How long before their oil would be
- One year
- Two years
- Three years
- Four years
2) In August 1941, Japanese Prime Minister
Fumimaro Konoe proposed a summit with President Roosevelt to
discuss differences. Roosevelt replied Japan must leave China
before a summit meeting could be held.
3) On September 6, 1941, at the second Imperial Conference
concerning attacks on the Western colonies in Asia and Hawaii,
Japanese leaders met to consider the attack plans prepared by
Imperial General Headquarters, one day after the emperor had
reprimanded General Hajime Sugiyama, the Chief of the Imperial
Japanese Army (IJA) General Staff, about the lack of success in
China, and the speculated low chances of victory against the
United States, British Empire, and their allies.
When was the conference?
- September 6, 1941
- September 16, 1941
- September 26, 1941
- September 30, 1941
4) Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe argued for
more negotiations and possible concessions to avert war. However,
military leaders like General Hajime Sugiyama, the Minister of
War, and the Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff
asserted that time had run out and that additional negotiations
would be pointless.
was the Minister of War?
- General Minoru Genda
- General Osami Nagano
- General Hideki Tōjō
- General Isoroku Yamamoto
5) On October 16, 1941, Prime Minister
Fumimaro Konoe resigned and proposed a prince, who was also the
choice of the Army and the Navy, as his successor. Hirohito choose
an Army general, worried (as he told Konoe) about having the
Imperial House being held responsible for a war against Western
Who did Konoe
propose as his replacement?
- Prince Chichibu
- Prince Takeda
- Prince Fushimi
- Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni
6) Admiral Osami Nagano presented a complete
plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor to Hirohito.
What was the date?
- November 1, 1941
- November 2, 1941
- November 3, 1941
- November 4, 1941
7) At the Imperial Conference on November 5,
1941, Hirohito approved the plan for a war against the United
States, Great Britain and Holland, scheduled to start at the
beginning of December if an acceptable diplomatic settlement were
not achieved before then.
8) The following weeks, the military regime of
new Prime Minister Tōjō offered a final deal to the United States.
They offered to leave only Indochina, but in return for large
American economic aid. The so-called Hull Memorandum rejected the
offer and demanded that in addition to them leaving Indochina they
must leave China (without Manchoukuo) and agree to an Open Door
Policy in the Far East.
was the date of the Hull Memorandum?
- November 23, 1941
- November 24, 1941
- November 25, 1941
- November 26, 1941
9) Prince Nobuhito Takamatsu warned his
brother, Hirohito, that the Navy felt the Empire could not fight
more than two years against the United States and wished to avoid
war. After consulting with Kōichi Kido (who advised him to take
his time until he was convinced) and Tojo, the Emperor called
Shigetarō Shimada and Nagano who reassured him war would be
What was the
- November 27, 1941
- November 28, 1941
- November 29, 1941
- November 30, 1941
10) What day did Hirohito
finally approved a "war against United States, Great Britain and
Holland", during another Imperial Conference, to commence with a
surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at its main forward base
at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii?
- December 1, 1941
- December 2, 1941
- December 3, 1941
- December 4, 1941