JAPAN: Last Days

JAPAN Last Days

It was dawn on Friday, but dusk for Dai Nippon. Emperor Hirohito had approved the surrender proposal to the Allies. Five days before, the Japanese radio still talked of 100 years' resistance, and there seemed little question of Japan's ability to hold out for months at least. Then in shattering succession came atomic bombing and the Russian declaration of war. The concussion destroyed more than Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Fear and despair gripped the Japanese nation. Over Hiroshima's "most awesome" destruction, Radio Tokyo moaned: "Diabolic weapon. . . . The...

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