Posted On: Nov. 3, 2017
History Japans position in WWII, and its ultimate loss in the war, helped to create an entirely new Japan, one that can argued to be even more powerful than it was when it was an imperial power. One thing that the defeat of Japan created, was a country that was no longer allowed to produce weapons and have a large army. A side affect of a country like Japan not being allowed to have an army, was that it was able to put revenue towards reconstruction and other industries directly after the war. When Japan was finally allowed to build a defense force in the early 1950’s, it still only spent around 1% of its GDP on defense, as it did have U.S bases and U.S nuclear arms protecting it (Goff, pp.346). Japans loss and subsequent occupation by the U.S also meant that over 2 billion in reconstruction aid found its way to Japan via the U.S, a move which greatly helped to rebuild the Japanese economy. Japan also increased its requirements for compulsory education, first from 6-9 years, and later to 12 years, as a way to better train its populace (Goff, pp.348). When the Korean war came, the U.S and its allies used Japan as an economic supply base for the war effort. This helped boost the Japanese economy so much that it over doubled the per capita income on Japanese workers (Goff, pp.348). Since a large baby booming society emerged after WWII, a new public attitude towards abortion became more relaxed, which allowed for the legalization of abortion by 1948. Soon, the population would taper off, and the quality of life for the average person would increase greatly in Japan (Goff, pp.349). Another interesting effect that took place due to the occupation in japan, was that ex military officers were bared from holding any political office. What this policy did, was to alienate the old nationalist class of military figures, and instead open the doors to new, younger Japanese citizens . This policy helped to create a national social change, as it formally got rid of the old nationalist class. This policy also brought in new leadership, which also helped to expedite the rise of new technology and manufacturing for Japan. References Goff, R., Moss, W., Terry, J., Jiu-Hwa U., & Schroeder, M. (2008). The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History (7th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill. The end of war saw total destruction of Japan and its imperialism. But the positive part was that it recovered fully with the support of western nations, especially United States. Another boon to japans was when it was not allowed to spend money in defense. This had an indirect effect on the industry of Japan that could focus on building technological advanced items. All their energy was channelized in this direction. However, later on, the technological advanced products proved to be a threat to US economy as can be seen by the cheap but efficient automobiles and other engineering items produced by the Japanese. A good outcome of the war was that Japan could discard its imperialist class and make a new beginning.