With recent tensions rising between North Korea and the world, it is no surprise that the Japanese citizens are aligning themselves with a nationalist government. Japanese Prime Minister Abe has started to consider revoking the disarmament treaty. Revoking it would let Japan increase spending on the military, which would ultimately result in a much larger and advanced military. Although rearming the Japanese military would improve security in the country, it would only increase the tension, doing damage to not only myself, but future generations of Japanese citizens. A disarmament treaty was put into action by the United States after the surrender of Japan during World War II.
This was amended and turned into the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan in 1960, which sparked outrage and civil disobedience. The civil obedience of 1960 was massive and was a proof that Japanese were serious about the sovereignty of their country. The resignation of Prime Ministers of Japan is an evidence that democracy was in action in the country and the impact of people was present. When the Security Prime Minister Nobusuke was forced to sign amidst the protests and oppositions against the treaty. Also, In 2006 agreement between Japan and United States governments, it was decided to move MCAS Futenma from Okinawan to Guam, but this decision received little support, and later Hatoyama resigned, stating that he failed to fulfill one of his promises.
Pearl Harbor and the nukes dropped. War is not something you should take lightly. World War two was particularly difficult for the united states of America because they wanted to remain out of the war. Neutral was no longer an option after what japan did. Before that America was on the sidelines just observing and aiding the ally forces.
Egami goes on to explain that this change was too abrupt to have occurred naturally by the indigenous peoples of Japan because the peaceful and mainly agricultural society of Japan at the time would have no reason to willingly adopt such a grotesque, violent alien culture (Kirkland 110). Thus, Egami concludes that these recent cultural shifts “‘correspond in all respects’ to cultures of conquering continental peoples [... and] the transformation must reflect ‘the subjugation and control of Japan by military force’” (Kirkland
After the atrocities during WWII, Japan gained trust from other nations because of article 9. It was called the “no war clause” because Article 9 prohibits Japan from taking part in military actions overseas and also prohibits Japan forever from maintaining an army, navy and air force. The article only allows Japanese forces to go abroad on international missions such as building roads and monitoring elections but limits them to noncombat roles and prohibits them from carrying live ammunition. Although Article 9 kept Japan free from any wars, it hasn’t always protected the Japanese people. In 1953, Japanese fishermen were shot by Koreans in Japanese territory.
Because Japan has been closed to the outside world for so long, they could not progress as rapidly as Europe and the United States. This ended after 1854 when the American Black Ships that was commanded by Mathew Perry, forced the opening of Japan to American trade through a series of unequal treaties. The Convention of Kanagawa, or what is also known as Kanagawa Treaty, which was the first treaty between the United States and the Tokugawa shogunate. Since the beginning of the seventeenth century, the Tokugawa shogunate pursed a policy of isolating the country from outside
Additionally, another circumstance was when U.S fleets sailed into Edo bay to present treaties to overrule Japan including the supreme classes. Through the medium of this, it meant that the Samurais transformed greatly from being high class warriors to ordinary bureaucrats. This ideal significantly outlined that Japan’s philosophy and social structure was not all that persistent but turned out to be frail. As a consequence, it made Japan think diversely and came upon the decision that they should overhaul their current condition and
The United States wanted to avoid war and so they set up trading alliance with both China and Japan. Then, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia, set up naval bases in Hawaii, and set up coal stations in Samoa. The United States established an alliance with Puerto Rico and assimilate them into American society, although Cuba was just a source of incoming trade. The United States slowly began to understand the idea of imperialism and began to perfect it, going from trading with Japan and China, to setting up naval bases in Hawaii, and to different connections with Puerto Rico, Samoa, and Cuba. The Spanish had control over the Cubans, after numerous rebellions against Spain, the unspeakable horrors from the Spanish were exposed to the public.
Thesis statement: Though many speculate that the act of dropping the atomic bomb on Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) while not doing so on Europe (Germany and Italy) was racially motivated, racism played little to no role in these bombings. The United States of America and her allies were willing to end World War II at any cost, had the atomic bombs been available they would have been deployed in Europe. In the 1940’s there is no doubt that the United States of America was engulfed by mass anti-Japanese hysteria which inevitably bled over into America’s foreign policy. During this period Japanese people living in both Japan and the United States of America were seen as less that human. Japanese-Americans living on the west coast were savagely and unjustifiably uprooted from their daily lives.
It was not to end the war. We are often taught that the use of the atomic bomb was necessary to end the war with Japan at the earliest possible moment, but judging by the statements of many high ranking political and military personnel, this is simply not the case. "The Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn 't necessary to hit them with that awful thing ... I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon,"Eisenhower said in 1963. On September 9, 1945, Admiral William F. Halsey, commander of the Third Fleet, was publicly quoted as stating that the atomic bomb was used because the scientists had a “toy and they wanted to try it out…” He further stated that “the first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment” and that it was“a mistake to ever drop it.” By all the evidence and information we have above, it shows us that to end the WWII is not really the reason for U.S. to drop that bombs on Japan.