By the time the fight got to Japan itself, the US had already dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, and had fire-bombed Tokyo, and had crushed the Japanese Navy, and the Japanese surrendered. However, the fight to get close enough to bomb Japan effectively, and to clear the naval approaches to Japan was titanic. At the time of the Normandy invasion, the fleet there assembled was the largest in history. Just a short time later, an even larger fleet was assembled for the invasions of Saipan, Iwo, Okinawa. The fighting across the Pacific islands was bloody, fierce and costly. Not "symbolic."