They needed to have bases to protect Japan from US navel threats from vessels AT PEARL HARBOR. You forget that aerial warfare was only 25 years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. War was still dominated by naval and infantry forces, the biggest and first threat being from naval cannon fire off shore.<quoted text>Then explain why they took over Midway and Micronesia and all the other little Pacific islands? I agree they wanted SF but that would mean advancing to Hawaii no matter if it was the evil US or the evil corrupt empire in place.
You really are like a naive 18 year old college freshman. You think you know more than you do, and don't know how much you don't know, so you do research on Wikipedia.
Someone like you could get a top flight job in the food service or housekeeping industries.