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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 The occupation of Japan was, from start to finish, an American operation. General Douglans MacArthur, sole supreme commander of the Allied Power was in charge. The Americans had insufficient men to make a military governmen Japan possible name, dictator of Japan. He imposed his will on Japan. Demilitarization was speedily carried out, demobilization o former imperial forces was complet ed by early 1946. Japan was extensively fire bomded during the second world war. The stench of sewer gas, rotting garbage, and t smell of ashes and scorched debris pervaded the air. The Japanese people had to live in the damp, and col d of concrete buildings, because they were the only ones left. Little remained of the vulnerable wooden frame, tile roo dwelling lived in by most Japanese. When the first signs of winter set in, the occupation forces immediately took o the s team-heated buildings. The Japanese were out in the cold in the first post war winter fuel was very hard to f family was considered lucky if they had a small barely glowing charcoal brazier to huddle around. That next summ random spots new ho uses were built, each house was standardized at 216 square feet, and required 2400 board material in order to be built. A master plan for a modernistic city had been drafted, but it was cast aside because lack of time before the next winte r. The thousands of people who lived in railroad stations and public parks need housing. All the Japanese heard was democracy from the Americans. All they cared about was food. General MacAruther the government to send food, when they refus ed he sent another telegram that said, "Send me food, or send me American troops were forbidden to eat local food, as to keep from cutting into the sparse local supply. No food wa brought in expressly for the Japanese durning the first six months after the American presence there. Herbert Ho serving as chairman of a special presidential advisory committee, recommended minimum imports to Japan of 87 tons of food to be distributed in different urban areas. Fi sh, the source of so much of the protein in the Japanese were no longer available in adequate quantities because the fishing fleet, particularly the large vessels, had been decimated by the war and because the U.S.S.R. closed off the fishing g rounds in the north....
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