The Pacific War explained

Why no notice of Pearl Harbour?

Why didn’t surrender after first bomb?

As the Americans allowed- or even, in the case of MacArthur, encouraged- Hirohito to stay on, why would they not give that guarantee to help persuade the Japanese to surrender?

Why do some Americans see Nagasaki as equivalent to Pearl Harbour?

How could the disciplined, law abiding and well mannered Japanese go so wild and out of control in WWII?

There are a million possible answers to this one- religion, racism, letting off steam they couldn’t at home, not having a clear chain of command etc. The most important point to understand, though, is that the Japanese are not law abiding in the same way as a jobsworth Englishman or German is. Japanese harmony is not achieved by writing down rules and following them, but rather by following unspoken signals in order not to stand out in the crowd. This can be seen when one person starts walking the wrong side of a platform staircase or crossing on a red light and others follow without looking at the official sign.Japanese health explained


  1. April 16, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Pearl Harbor is an historical example of a well-planned, well-executed military sneak attack. It didn’t target civilian populations as its main goal. It was a mostly military-on-military engagement. The US went over the moral deep end in winning WW II because it took its basic battlefield philosophy and then applied it to civilian populations: as the Germans said, the Americans don’t so much fight as they mass on the battlefield and then proceed to blow everything up. The US won by blowing everything up. Defeating Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany by killing more than they did doesn’t make you a nice moral people.

    • Rex said,

      May 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      We bombed Japan twice with two different type/ size atomic bombs. Japan would have never surrendered and fought to the last man, woman, and child…..their history of an honor based society suggests this. I think at the time, or as the story was told to the American mass, was that it was to get the war over with period, and it did. The technology of the atomic bomb,…well that came from Axis scientists, specifically the Germans. Germany was taken first remember, those atomic scientists scuttled to American labs, and put to work. Over all, look take a step back and view the sides independently as if an alien, war all comes down to winning. The side that develops better technology, or better logistics, leadership, equipment, ect…….is going to be the side that wins. That’s the way it has always been, and they way it always will be.

  2. thomas d said,

    March 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    mybe charles has a point but let me ask you one qustion if your enemy fights to the last man and that enemys civilan population is brain washed into thinking that america is comeing to rape and destroy their land dont you think the japanese people as a whole would fight to the last man if my memory is correct there was an island that was captured by the US and the women were so scared that we were going to torchure they kidds that they killed their children and then perceided to comment mass suscide because they believed that the americans were going to rape and kill them and the reason they did this is because the japanese military told them that this is what is going to happen to you and your family if you dont resist the americans so how else do you capture japan if its people thinks that the invaders are savage animals who want to do them harm any way alot has change and japan is a differant and better place than what it was when it military was in total controll

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