Thursday, March 31, 2016

Journal 7 from Alli

Hiroshima Response and Research

Part One: 

Dr. Sasaki before the bomb
The character that I have found interesting so far is Dr. Sasaki. For me, the selflessness that he has shown even just in the first three chapters has been amazing. Many in time of panic, really reveal their true instincts. Not that these people were bad people, but in survival mode one only thinks of the well being of themselves, and risking their life to save another comes very far and in between in times like this. He was so young at the time of the bombing, and having survived still had a very long life ahead of him, to risk his own life to save many others is something remarkable that many would have not done. His relentless need to save as many people as possible, even though it kept him up for days at a time, he would do anything for others and the true goodness in his heart was always shining through during the darkest times after the bomb dropped. For example, many people left behind the wounded, like Miss Sasaki, to die because it was simply out of reach to help them. Dr. Sasaki went above and beyond to show braveness and devotion in a time of need, and that is a basic lesson that any can take from his story. "By three o'clock the next morning after nineteen straight hours of his gruesome work, Dr. Sasaki was incapable of dressing another wound." (p.67) This really shows his utmost devotion and bigheartedness to the job that he is doing.

Part Two:

One of the subjects that I was interested in learning more about was the Emperor of Japan at the time, and how his actions lead to eventually the United States feeling as if there was no other way to end the war but to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So to understand further what was going in Japan at the time, I researched the Emperor's background and the events leading up to the bomb to fully understand what was happening at the time. Most history books only talk very briefly on him due to the great spotlight on Hitler and Nazi Germany during WWII.

Hirohito was the Emperor of Japan from 1926 to 1989 when he died. During his career, he militarized Japan from his decisions to ally with Nazi Germany, attack all of his Asian neighbors and attack Pearl Harbor igniting war and conflict with the United States. In his early years, he was the son of the previous, and was born April 29, 1901. As most children in his position, he was not being raised actively by his parents but rather the retired vice admiral. It would be safe to assume that his militaristic ideals were instilled in him at a early age. He was taught solely militaristic ideals and religion in his schooling. When Hirohito's father died in December of 1926, the political conflict in Japan was at an all time high. Many high ranking officials and even the prime minister were murdered in reaction to the outrage felt by the commoner people. This lead for the high ranking officials and the prime minister position to be filled by someone in the military, leading for Japan to be more militaristic than before. As conflict proceeded to happen in Japan's surrounding countries, it came no surprise that they would eventually ally with Germany who had basically the same military principles as them in the war. In September of 1940, Japan had signed a pact with Italy and Germany to assist and ally each other in the war efforts. Hirohito, himself, sanctioned it okay for the use of chemical warfare. Tensions with the United States lead to Hirohito declaring battle with the Americans and on December 7, 1941, Japan dropped the bomb on Pearl Harbor killing over 2,500 men. One short day later, the United States declared war with Japan. Even after the bomb dropped Hirohito refused a surrender. due to their customs of "fighting till death". Not until September 2, 1945 did Hirohito finally order a surrender to the United States. Even though he was not prosecuted as a war criminal, Hirohito's actions in WWII, to this day are still criticized and speculated. 
Emperor Hirohito c. 1945

1.) Staff. "Hirohito." A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.
2.) "Why Did the Japanese Delay Surrendering?" History News Network. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.


  1. It's sad how it took bombs to make the war end. I think that it showed how much pride. I admire Dr. Sasaki for all that he did for those people. I hope I can handle awful situations in the future as well as he did. He worked for nineteen hours. That is crazy.

  2. i love the quote that you chose because it does show how he went beyond to help others. I also like how you decided to research why we had to bomb them because there is always two sides to every story.

  3. I was surprised that he remained Emperor of Japan until he died in 1989 since he surrendered and it went against their beliefs, but I am glad that he ended up surrendering. I couldn't begin to imagine what the outcome could have been if he hadn't.

  4. I think its hilarious that we both were interested in learning more about emperor Hirohito. I looked more at the impact he had on japan instead of his background leading him into the war. Its very interesting to see how Japan was militarized heavily before they entered into the war effort. It was definetely instilled to him as a child to never quit and never surrender but eventually, he decided for the best of his people to admit defeat instead of causing a mass genocide from bombings. I think its also good to note that emporer hirohito actually turned japan into the second strongest economy in the world and benefited his people continuously even after the war.


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