The United States And Japan

3771 WordsDec 1, 201416 Pages
After the atomic bombs had fallen and Japan was smoldering, very few people thought the” land of the rising sun” would ever rise again. However, as history can attest, they were wrong. In the wake of the 1945 bombings, the occupation and subsequent reconstruction of Japan was begun, just a short month later. The reconstruction of Japan was spearheaded by the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers, General Douglas MacArthur, and was formulated before the smoke even cleared .This reconstruction plan opened new gates to the Japanese people that were previously untapped. Additionally, the new diplomatic relations between the United States and their former enemy, Japan, following World War Two had a profound impact upon economic, defensive, and social policies of both the United States and the Japanese post­war governments. The exact nature of this impact would not be truly appreciated, however, for years to come. ECONOMIC In the years immediately following the second Great War, Japan was struck by what some would call an “economic miracle”. This miracle allowed for the industrialized nation of Japan to regain its foothold in the economic sectors of Southeast Asia. Essentially, after the war, the U.S. called for “unconditional surrender and for Japan to be stripped of most of its empire, occupied by allied troops, and demilitarized. Japan would then be integrated into the world economy, and its economic viability would be guaranteed through free trade” Although the
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