Timeline for the historically challenged who cannot check basic facts before spouting off on Y/A:
Hiroshima August 6, 1945
Nagasaki August 9, 1945
Japanese notification of intent to surrender August 15, 1945
actual surrender September 1, 1945
(August was BEFORE September, even back then).
It is odd that the Japanese have come to think of themselves as "victims". In a war they started because they wanted to rule the neighborhood, and a war they waged with barbaric brutality. Decapitating contests between officers with their nice shiny swords, eating prisoners' liver, bacteriological warfare against the Chinese, the "Rape of Nanking" where over six weeks 300,000 Chinese civilians were slaughtered, women raped to death, hundreds of thousands of Korean women forced to serve in brothels for the brave Japanese soldiers as "comfort women", insisting on fighting in Manila - a city with no military significance whatsoever - causing 100,000 civilian Filipino deaths, starving prisoners to death, working prisoners to death, the 10,000 or so murdered on the Bataan Death March, and I could go on and on and on.
At the time of the nuclear bombings the Japanese were training their own civilians to fight to the death with bamboo spears against the Allied invasions planned for the fall of 1945. The Allies projected 1,000,000 casualties among the invading troops, and it was assumed that ALL THE JAPANESE WOULD HAVE TO BE KILLED. In that sense the Atomic bombs SAVED lives, since it gave the Japanese something they could hang their hats on to surrender and made the bloodbath of the planned invasion unnecessary.
But the impenetrable ignorance cant be overcome with mere facts. Victimhood GOOD! America BAD!
To answer your specific question it is because the Japanese are taught nothing in their schools about WWII. Except, that it ended with the US nuking them. Not that they started it, not the untold misery and death they brought to countless millions, not their culture which required a fight to the death. If you think about it, it would be impossible to put a good face on ANYTHING the Japanese did while under the control of the militarists, particularly from 1931-45. And certainly not so you could make it palatable for schoolchildren. Of course from what I see on here the US does little better in informing its own schoolchildren.
· 1 decade ago