What if Japan won WW2?
Most historians and WW2 Generals agree, Japan was in fact more powerful then US during WW2 and if it wasn't because by the time US enter the war, Japan was close to running out of nature resources and US have plenty, by been a large nation, otherwise, Japan would have won WW2 and despite US would still have nuke, the US won;t be able to use it, because Japan had the technology to shoot down any US bomber trying to fire a nuke, before the bomb is drooped, they just can't afford to build more of this defending weapon, by the time US drop the bomb, due to no nature resources.
You may be true in your reasoning. Japan is more smarter than any other country in the world. That is why they are in the lead at all fields of technology and no one can be smarter ever.
Part of me wants to say America would have been better off. That, of course, depends on whether or not Japan would have let the Americans continue to stay in America and eventually reach the relative equality we have today. Japan has stronger cultural morals than there is in America, and there is less crime as a result. There discipline in the school environment is also a strong part of the cultural mind set, which results in better education.
I disagree with your statement that most historians agree, and WW2 Generals agree, Japan "was in fact more powerful than the US during WW2." They were militarily superior by far at the outset of the war, but as Admiral Yamamoto stated, "If we cannot beat America within eighteen months we will lose the war." And, of course, they did.
True, the Americans underestimated the Japanese. But even after the devastation of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbour, within a couple of months the US hit back with a bombing raid on Tokyo, just to show them that they could fight back, and very quickly.
You need to remember, too, that the Americans were putting far more of their resources into fighting the Axis forces (Germany and Italy) in Europe than they were into the Pacific. It wasn't until Germany surrendered that America could put ALL of its efforts into defeating the Japanese.
The massive manufacturing ability of the United States was such that by within two three years they were able to put three to four times as many fighting men, ships, planes, submarines into action than the Japanese were. The Japanese ran out of trained pilots before the war was even half-done.
As for the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this was done to save the lives of the thousands of troops the Allies expected would be killed if conventional beach landings were attempted.
At first Japan was stronger at first because we were sending so much of our military assets from the Pacific the Europe to fight. Japan hit us when we were the weakest in the Pacific arena but after Pearl Harbor we dedicated ourselves to defeat Japan. Really the only reason we dropped the two "bombs" was in order to save US soldiers. Estimate go as high as a million soldiers would have been killed if we invaded Japan in order to defeat them. Great question peter.
Japan winning World War II would have meant fascist rule in Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern China, the East Indies and the Pacific (maybe even Alaska). But Japan never would have been able to press further east for two reasons. First, they didn't want it. Second, Japan would have inherited a war with Chinese Communism, Korean Communism and Vietnamese Communism--all of which would have cropped up the same way it did after the US won the war. Japan would have had bigger problems on its hands had it won. Instead the US decided to fight those new wars to control East Asia from the 1950s through the 1970s while Japan got to focus on technology and building a newer and stronger economic infrastructure.
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