Why Did Japan Ultimately Surrender During World War II?

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Why did Japan ultimately surrender during World War 2? For the last seventy years, Japanese and American public have hung onto the idea that the atomic bombs ended the war. For the Japanese, these bombings helped symbolize their nation as a victim, obscuring their role as the aggressors, while for Americans they have always been a means justifiable by the end. On the surface it’s easy to believe that the bombs paved way for the end, but there is a problem with the timing that shows otherwise.
On August 6, 1945, the United States selected the city of Hiroshima, a manufacturing center to upwards of 400,000 people located roughly 500 miles southwest of the capital city of Tokyo, as the first target (“Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”). The
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So what could have made them finally sit down and discuss after fourteen years of war the idea of surrender? Due to timing it could not have been the bombing of Nagasaki, since the Council had already begun meeting hours prior. Hiroshima? It is very unlikely. The bombing on Hiroshima happened over three days prior to this meeting. On August 13th, General Anami, of the Japanese Imperial Army, stated that the atomic bombings were no more menacing then the fire-bombing that Japan had endured for months (Wilson). So with that being said if Japan did not consider them any worse, how could Hiroshima and Nagasaki have pressured them into …show more content…
The bombing of Hiroshima was the perfect excuse for Emperor Hirohito to protect face. What would have been easier? To admit that you had made calculated mistakes, suffered catastrophic defeats and crippled the economy, or to deflect the blame by attributing the loss to the bombing of Hiroshima which no one could have predicted? This attribution to the atomic bomb not only served in Japan’s best interests, but also in the United States. If the bomb indeed won the war then the perception of United States’ military prowess would be boosted, diplomatic influence around the world would also increase, and lastly the great expenses to produce the bombs, close to $2 billion dollars, would not have been a waste. With all that being said though, the story that has been told for over the last 70 years seems to be distantly removed from the

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