The collapse of an empire is never pretty, and the experience of Japan at the end of World War II was no exception. This list of facts illustrates the grim, meat-hook realities of daily life in Japan during WW2, and the desperate tactics the Japanese military employed as defeat became imminent.
As the tide of the war turned against Japan, the Imperial Navy and Air force lay in ruins, and the American fleet approached, the Japanese were faced with an increasingly grim picture. Japanese civilians faced extreme hardships, and Japanese soldiers were told to die for their emperor in an increasingly futile effort. The home front in Japan during World War 2 was a austere, bleak, and, as the war came to an end, increasingly chaotic and desperate.
The challenge for Allied troops was to elicit an unconditional surrender from a nation that unconditionally refused to surrender. It took not one but two atomic bombs, as well as the entrance of millions of Soviet troops into the Pacific theater, before Japan was willing to accept unconditional surrender. When Americans arrived in Tokyo harbor, they found a country utterly decimated by war. Read on to learn all about bleak realities on the home front for Japanese civilians as the war drew to a close, and the brutal, desperate lengths to which the military went to adhere to outdated behavioral codes.
Japanese Citizens Feared US Soldiers Would Rape and Torture Civillians
Civillians Committed Mass Sucicides
Japanese Civillians Were Under Constant Threat of Allied Firebombing
Thanks to Propaganda, Many Japanese Soldiers and Civilians Thought They Were the Good Guys