Post War Japan

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May 24, 2013 
Post-war Japan benefited greatly from the United States. Once the U.S. occupied Japan it took sole responsibility to make the country a “self-sustaining nation” capable of resisting Soviet pressure from abroad and major political agitation from within (Brower 2006). General MacArthur, U.S. Army commander-in-chief, held absolute power and answered only to the U.S president during his occupation of Japan (Brower 2006). The social reforms MacArthur implemented during this time included a new constitution, equality of women and legal protection of owner’s rights. All of these created positive moves for the ruined country. The Japanese were welcoming of the new constitution and democratic ways. It was closely related to the way Japan was run in 1920. The constitution also gave the farmers back their land. This gave the farmers a big political advantage; it also led them to back the new constitution and way of life. Big businesses were dismantled and small businesses flourished. The people of Japan are the ones who benefited most from social empowerment. They received their land back which gave them a chance to be an equal in society not one ran under big businesses, women were given equality to the men, and labor laws were implemented to protect the workers. At first the labor laws did not go over well with the communist union parties but the emperor, once control was returned back to Japan’s government, rid administration jobs and unions of communist. Japan wasn’t the only one who benefited though. MacArthur’s hard work over his six years of occupation led the ground work for the country to become a strong and independent country. Although not all implementations stayed they did get the ruined country back on its feet. Japan was grateful for the help and the mercy shown on their country after the war. In return the U.S. had a strong ally. Japan’s financial and technological achievements gave its banks and industrial corporations an...
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