The first atomic bomb, ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on August 6, 1945 at 8:14 a.m. It leveled Hiroshima and killed thousands of people. The Japanese government delayed reacting to the attack on the city. The military leaders refused to surrender to the United States of America, but the political leaders wanted to surrender. Their delay led to another attack. Under a week later, to show that there was possibly an unlimited supply of atomic weapons, the bomb ‘Fat Man’ was dropped on Nagasaki which flattened it. Nagasaki was bombed on August 9th at approximately 10:00 am. After the attack, the Japanese still argued about surrendering, but on August 15th, the Emperor Hirohito of Japan intervened for the first time and declared the war was over. Japan surrendered, and the war was officially over on September 2, 1945. The close dates between the annihilation of Nagasaki and the Japanese surrendering show that World War Two was ended on the account of the atomic bombs being dropped. The separation between the Japanese surrender and the bomb being dropped was just six days which makes it so no other single action could have caused the Japanese to surrender to the United States. A quote from The New Grolier Encyclopedia of World War II: Vol. 7 Victory in Japan sums up the atomic weapons ending the war, “The world’s bloodiest conflict had been ended by the world’s most destructive weapon” (Cooke 131) and indicates that …show more content…
It was a win or die time for the Japanese. A quote about the Japanese culture at that time is stated in The New Grolier Encyclopedia of World War II: Vol. 7 Victory in Japan.
Even with the devastation caused by the atomic bombs, the Japanese had been tempted to fight on. The words ‘defeat’, ‘surrender’, and ‘occupation’ were contrary to the code of the bushido - ‘the way of the warrior’ - which ruled the ancient traditions of the warlike samurai: Such words were rarely used by the Japanese people. (Cooke 132).
The quote shows just what exactly the Japanese culture was at the time. There was a reason the death toll for the Japanese would have been so high if there was an invasion because of the way they thought. The term ‘kamikaze’ which is used to describe pilots who intentionally kill themselves to further their peoples goals comes from the Japanese, so it was already widely known that they were willing to die. The Japanese had 12,700 kamikaze aircrafts in their army at the time of the atomic bombings. 12,700 people who are willing to kill themselves in order to defeat the enemy. It was only after Emperor Hirohito became involved that the Japanese surrendered. If not for the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the emperor would have never become involved and millions more would have died. The atomic bombs were necessary to break though the Japanese culture during