Essay on Japanese Economic Developent Post World War II

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World War II left many powerful nations in smoke and rubble. The deconstruction of
many countries gave them the chance to rebuild their cities and economies. No country took
more advantage of this opportunity than Japan. Japan was a huge militaristic power in World War
II . Their aggressive behavior caused them to be stripped of their military and their power for self
rule. The demilitarization of Japan changed the country’s focus from world militaristic
domination to world economic domination. The country established free trade, manufactured
goods, and improved and invented technology, making themselves one of the largest economic
superpowers in the world.
World War II exploded across Europe and the rest of the world in 1939.
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Many
were killed; others lay withering on the ground, screaming in agony
from the intolerable pain of their burns. Everything standing upright in
the way of the blast, wall, houses, factories, and other buildings, was
annihilated (Beck et al p.841).
That day 73,000 of 365,000 died in the city of Hiroshima (Samurai and Swastika). Three
days after Hiroshima the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb over Japan. This time the bomb
dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The bomb killed 37,500 instantly; the radiation later killed
more. The two bombs devastated Japan.
The nation of Japan was torn between wanting to continue the war and wanting to
surrender. The Japanese government finally agreed to the surrender terms from the United States.
The Japanese Emperor urged the Japanese to lay down their weapons. They surrendered to
General Douglas MacArthur of the United States on September 2, 1945. The surrender took
place aboard the United States battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay (Beck et al p.841). The
surrender was first signed by the Japanese foreign minister and then by General Umezu Yoshijiro.
The surrender concluded with a separate surrender with China in Nanking on September 9, 1945
(Britannica). This final surrender ended World War II.
In the surrender with the United States, Japan agreed to demilitarization. This meant that
they could have no military or law enforcement; the U.S. would now protect Japan.…