Japan's Post War Economic Journey Essay

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On August 6th, 1945, America dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later on August 9th, a second was dropped on Nagasaki. This effectively was the definitive end to World War II. The catastrophic damage caused by this vulgar display of power killed over 100,000 people in Hiroshima alone and left both cities as practically nothing more than radioactive ash. The unimaginable destruction caused by these attacks had obvious economic repercussions. Japan was a closed country that upheld a strict policy of isolationism. For nearly 300 years under the Tokugawa regime the country's population was not permitted to leave and foreigners were not welcomed upon its shore. There were instances when Europeans are known to have been on…show more content…
In the wake of their crippling defeat, the Japanese were forced to deal with an American occupation. General MacArthur assumed control as supreme commander in late 1945. His initial guidance, with the support of Emperor Hirohito, paved the way for Japan to emerge within a generation as the world's second largest economy. This was made possible through a newly discovered sense of nationalism. The citizens banded together to figure out their new identity as a nation now that they would be forever a part of this new world unfolding out before them. It began to place a heightened level of importance on higher education. It allowed for a rapidly moving upward trajectory of technological advancement. It also fostered engineering and mechanical successes in the automotive industry. The rate of successful growth of the Japanese economy over the next sixty years is almost as shocking as the devastation that left them no choice but to propel themselves into the foreign world of globalization. D. Brower states that despite the terrible destruction and the fact their national fate was now in the hands of a foreign power, the Japanese possessed a widespread conviction that their path to future greatness lay in absorbing America's technological
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