Political Gravity: Japan's Inner Military Circle

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Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender.  Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan.

Jane will be discussing the aspects of this and the Cairo Declaration which led to demands of Japan at the Potsdam Conference.

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