11 The Recovery of Japan

11 The Recovery of Japan - The Recovery of Japan, 1945-60...

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The Recovery of Japan, 1945-60 1. The consequences of defeat and unconditional surrender a.G.I.s Land – Aug.28-Sept.2, 1945 i. General MacArthur flew into Atsugi on Aug 30 and set up temp Supreme Command of Allied Powers b.The emperor kept in power 1945 i. Emperor Hirohito serves under MacArthur ii.However, westerners view Hirohito as the Hitler of Japan. After the surrender he was no longer viewed as a God, but a mortal. He held no actual power but merely a symbol to the Japanese that they are still in charge of their own country. However, the powers below Hirohito were not happy with the US’s handling of the matter. c.The case of Yamashita accused as war criminal. However, there was no evidence that he had any knowledge of the crimes committed under his authority. 2. The era of the American occupation 1945-51 a. Permitting a Japanese government to immerge b. Worked hand in hand w/ Jap military c. Unlike Germany, Jap accept American’s occupation and adopted to US culture 3. The peace settlement and the restoration of national sovereignty
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