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  • Military Government Of Japan
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    The occupation of Japan was, from start to finish, an American operation. General Douglas MacArthur, sole supreme commander of the Allied Power was in charge. The Americans had insufficient men to make a military government of Japan possible; so t hey decided to act through the existing Japanese government. General Mac Arthur became, except in name, dictator of Japan. He imposed his will on Japan. Demilitarization was speedily carried out, demobilization of the former imperial forces was comp le...
  • Japan From Communism After The Occupation
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    For many Americans WWII started on the morning of December 7, 1941 according to FDR, A day that will live in infamy. That was the day that the Japanese attacked our naval base in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, and destroyed most of our Pacific fleet. For the Japanese however their war began many years earlier. Some say it began on September 18, 1931. The Japanese staged an explosion on the South Manchurian Railroad. They blamed it on the Chinese and used this as an excuse to seize all of Manchuria. This ...
  • Leader Of The Military Occupation Of Japan
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    World War II took place beginning at 1939 and ending in 1945. Japan was the last opposing country to surrender to the US Allies on September 2nd, 1945. Ending the long, horrific seven-year war. Upon Japan's admitted defeat, the U.S. invaded and took occupation of the country for seven years. Though assumed to be a distressing circumstance and expected total domination, it was a benefit to Japan, for the United States to take control of them, rather than being a disadvantage. The occupation helpe...
  • Tokyo War Crime Trials
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    John Dower's "Embracing Defeat" truly conveys the Japanese experience of American occupation from within by focusing on the social, cultural, and philosophical aspects of a country devastated by World War II. His capturing of the Japanese peoples' voice let us, as readers, empathize with those who had to start over in a "new nation". The initial terms of surrender were laid out in the Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945, in which the United States, Great Britain, and China all participated. But...
  • Image Of General Macarthur And Emperor Hirohito
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    General MacArthur and the Emperor "If ever a picture was worth a thousand words, it was the image of General MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito standing side by side during their historic first meeting on September 27, 1945. In it, a casually dressed MacArthur towers over the stiff, formally attired Emperor. "What does it say" asks historian Carol Gluck. "It says, I'm MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, and I'm in charge". For millions of Japanese, it brought home in an entirely new w...

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