At one time in history there was Bushido. At one time in history Japan was composed of warriors. At one time in history Japan was capable of pulling off Pearl Harbor. Today? Nobody knows what the heck it is, but it’s certainly not composed of the same men that watched 66,000 of their fellow countrymen die instantly in the wake of Hiroshima—and the 75,000 that died after Nagasaki—only to still question whether or not surrendering was a good idea.
Let’s be honest: The United States created the weird, wacky, sometimes insane, sometimes crazy Japan we know today. It all started in Los Alamos (look up July 16th, 1945), and it essentially ended on August 6th later that year. We replaced the guys responsible for the Rape of Nanking with the dancing emasculated mutations that are born of nuclear war.
Most people would agree that bizarre Japanese game shows are preferable to slave labor camps, where corpses were thrown on logs and lit on fire:
When the bodies started to char, their arms and legs twitched, and they sat up as if they were alive. Smoke came out of their burned-out eyes, their mouths opened, and licks of flames came out,” (Frank, Downfall, 161).
However, one can’t help but look at today’s average Japanese male and think, “What the heck happened to you?” It’s great that Japan has joined the ranks of civilized nations, but sad that it’s known more for Hello Kitty and anime than the masculinity of its men.
If we had it all to over again, would we drop the bomb? I hope so. It was the morally correct thing to do. Japan was ready for an American land invasion with 2.5 million troops and a 28 million strong civilian militia. Estimates on American troop loss were up to a million for such an undertaking (on top of the lives that had already been lost). Not a fan of the thousands of American troops we’ve lost in Iraq? Don’t dream of urban warfare in Japan…
The moral of the story is, Japan has some serious issues. We should help get them through the ordeal. We don’t want them getting nostalgic for the Bataan Death March anytime soon, but we also should help the nation that replaced its urge for empire with the urge to be weirdly androgynous, dancing game show freaks.