Japan

December 7, 1941: Japan Launches a Surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec 7, 2017
Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack
Wikimedia commons / Official U.S. Navy Photograph NH 50930

In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The raid killed more than 2,400 Americans and prompted the United States to enter World War II.  Torpedoes and bombs sank four U.S. battleships, including the USS West Virginia, which lost two officers and 103 crew members.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities.

A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is heading to Japan this week.

A trade delegation led by Tomblin is scheduled to leave on Tuesday to seek new business investments for West Virginia and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's development office in Nagoya. The 10-day trip includes stops in Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo.

Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

A trade delegation led by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is going to Japan in mid-May to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's development office in Nagoya.

The 15-member delegation includes former Gov. Gaston Caperton. The Nagoya office opened during Caperton's administration.