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Japan After WWII. WWII Recap. Japan entered WWII because they had a lack of resources Joined as a member of the Axis Powers Germany, Italy, and Japan Major events Massacre of Nanjing in China Pearl Harbor Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Japan after wwii

Japan After WWII


Wwii recap

WWII Recap

  • Japan entered WWII because they had a lack of resources

    • Joined as a member of the Axis Powers

      • Germany, Italy, and Japan

  • Major events

    • Massacre of Nanjing in China

    • Pearl Harbor

    • Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • In short, the war resulted in almost a complete destruction of Japan

    • Government, military, economy, and culture


Government and military reform

Government and Military Reform

  • After the war the Allies did not want Japan to threaten world peace again

    • U.S., England, France

  • The Allies put American Douglas MacArthur in charge of the military and governmental changes

    • Dismantled Japan’s armed forces completely

      • An end to militarism and nationalism

    • Military and civilian leaders who committed crimes during the war were put in jail or executed


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Government and Military Reform

  • Government was changed from being led by an all powerful emperor and military dictators created by the Meiji Restoration to a democracy

    • New parts of government

      • Constitution

      • Bill of Rights

      • Elections

      • Illegal for Japan to go to war or have a military

  • Strangely, Japan became a major political ally of the United States after the war


Economic reform

Economic Reform

  • World War II destroyed the economy of Japan

    • Atomic bombs greatly damaged all industrial areas

    • During the war the country only produced things necessary for war

  • Other setbacks to improving the economy

    • Limited resources

      • Oil, coal, iron, etc

  • Reasons for eventual success

    • High tech products like TVs, VCRs, CD players, etc

      • New factories built by the U.S. with the latest technology


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Economic Reform

  • Reasons for eventual success

    • Fuel efficient and high quality cars

    • Continued belief in Bushido

      • Hard working

      • Loyalty to the company

      • Honor family by doing your job perfectly

      • Very educated and skilled workers


Cultural reform

Cultural Reform

  • Major changes happened socially after the war

    • Family

      • Arranged marriages are no longer the norm

      • Most families have moved from the country to cities

      • Extended families are being replaced with nuclear families

    • Women

      • Even though women are equal legally now, they are not completely equal

        • Trouble getting into major universities

        • Most women work as “Office Ladies” or secretaries


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Cultural Reform

  • Major changes happened socially after the war

    • Western Influence

      • Although technology, cars, video games, and anime have come to America we influence them as well

        • Clothing, fast food, movies, music

          • Michael Jackson

    • Pacifism

      • Japanese now refuse to use force/ violence in any situation

        • Minimal crime

        • Minimal murder

      • Japan has only a small self defense force of soldiers

        • U.S. military truly defends them


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