Japan in Ruins (2004)

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It is the day after the end of World War II. Nine million Japanese are homeless. Three million are dead - 1.3 million of whom were civilians who died in the massive American bombing campaign of which the atomic bomb was only a part. More than 6.5 million Japanese, half of them civilians, are detained in the former occupied territories. There are about 150,000 lost, orphaned or abandoned children living on the streets. More than 2 million Japanese civilians and military are in the hands of the Soviets and most of the soldiers who fought in Malaysia and Burma will not return before the end of 1947.

Part One: Tokyo, The Day The War Ended...Begins with the Japanese invasion of China in 1931 and ends with the surrender ceremony in the Bay of Tokyo, on board the USS Missouri, on 2nd September, 1945.

Part Two: Japan in Ruins...Looks at the immediate aftermath of the war and the rebuilding period during which time the Japanese began to question issues like foreign occupation; the individual and collective silence surrounding the 15 years of conflict; the slow and progressive repatriation of 6.5 million civilians and military dispersed over the former occupied territories; the devastation of most cities; and poverty

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