The American Occupiers

Peter Duus and Kenji Hasegawa

in Rediscovering America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268432
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950375 | DOI:
The American Occupiers

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This chapter discusses American occupation of Japan after its defeat in the war with America. It notes that on August 15, 1945, the emperor's radio announcement telling his subjects to “endure the unendurable” was met by feelings of anxiety and relief, humiliation and anticipation. Occupation by American forces was surely better than a bitter fight to the death on the soil of the homeland, but no one could be sure just how the American “beasts” would behave as conquerors. The chapter reports that the Japanese central government cautioned local authorities to prepare for friction with the American troops, and authorized the use of funds and materials to build “recreation facilities” (i.e. brothels, dance halls, and cabarets) to protect innocent Japanese women from molestation by American soldiers.

Keywords: American occupation; war; emperor; Japan; recreation facilities

Chapter.  15376 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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