What If Japan Hadn't Surrendered in World War 2? (2023)

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We could be living in an entirely different world, one run under Japanese rule, if one single event in history never happened that is. Check out today's new video that looks at what would have happened if Japan never surrendered in World War 2.

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A bright, flash of light illuminates, the sky of Hiroshima.

The Atomic bomb has been dropped, killing tens of thousands of people, instantly.

The emperor of Japan watches as his lands burn.

The mushroom cloud of destruction reflects in his eyes.

He has made his decision;, the Allies will pay.

Japan will not surrender.

They will not give up.

If the Allies want the country, they will have to pry it from his cold dead.

Fingers.

As history has shown.

This is not what happened after the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Instead, Japan, surrendered, and World War II came to an end.

But.

What if Emperor Hirohito had not surrendered? What would have happened.

Next? Regardless of what the United States and the Allied forces decided to do.

There were going to be enormous amounts of casualties.

But could Japan have won the war? In this? What, if scenario the odds are against them, but what Japan had planned, and the hatred that filled the nation for their enemy, was going to lead to a bloody fight for survival.

After.

The atomic bombs are detonated, destroying two entire cities.

The emperor, military, and citizens are now ready to fight until the last Japanese falls.

There will be no surrender.

There will be no mercy.

The nation responsible for the mass execution of hundreds of thousands of Japanese.

Civilians must be crushed.

The Emperor restates his original plan.

Everyone must fight.

Men, women, and children must be ready to lay down their lives for their country.

And.

At this time, most of the citizens of Japan would gladly do just this.

In fact, Japan is already training.

Every able bodied person to be a soldier in the fight against the United States.

The Allies need to end the war in the Pacific quickly.

Every day that goes by the casualties on both sides will go.

Up.

The, United States has already lost so many lives in the Pacific that it is hard to justify sending tens of thousands more to their deaths.

If Japan doesn’t surrender, the war will rage on and on and on.

So.

What will the United States do? Next? Unfortunately,? What military leaders have planned is terrifying.

Japan is ramping up their training.

Programs.

They are assembling more aircraft and vehicles to fight off the Allied forces.

The United States now knows that atomic bombs will not be enough to force the Japanese to surrender, but a previous bombing campaign proved to be even more devastating.

So.

The next move for the United States is to cause more destruction from the air.

And.

The best way to do this is through firebombing, the Japanese homeland.

On, the night of March 9, 1945 Allied forces had unleashed hell on Tokyo.

2,000 tons of incendiary bombs were dropped over 48 hours.

It is estimated that between 80,000 and 125,000, people were burnt to death by the bombing run.

It also took out many “shadow factories,” that were basically peoples’ homes and shops used to prefabricate war materials before they were shipped to Japan’s main factories.

Regardless of whether the fire bombs destroyed military targets or not.

One thing is for sure:.

The first firebombing of Tokyo was devastating, and likely killed over 100,000 civilians.

The carnage.

That ensued as people tried to flee the flames caused.

Even more casualties.

Reports stated that the smell of burning flesh was so bad.

Pilots on the bombing runs had to put their oxygen masks on to keep from vomiting all over their flight.

Consoles.

Since.

The first firebombing campaign was so successful in creating devastation, the United States now plans to carry out more of these missions.

The atomic bombs were catastrophic, but the firebombs seemed to strike even more fear into the enemy.

The United States begins.

Conducting more and more firebombing runs in cities that are manufacturing materials for the Japanese war, effort.

At.

This point Japan needs to ramp up their anti-air capabilities.

They pour countless resources and men into creating AA guns and planes.

The Kamikaze, pilots target aircraft carriers and air bases where Allied planes can reach the Japanese mainland.

The deployment of new U.S.

aircraft and ships into the Pacific to replace those being destroyed by Japanese fighters and kamikaze.

Pilots are far away.

The United States has burnt entire cities to the ground, and they have unleashed more atomic bombs which have irradiated the Japanese soil.

But.

Now the entire nation, and everyone in it, is hell bent on defeating the United States.

Even if it costs every Japanese life on the planet.

As Europe tries to stabilize itself, the other.

Allied countries are hesitant to send more forces into the Pacific.

They do not want to leave their countries vulnerable to a resurgence of war on the continent.

The United States, slowly, realizes that it is now on its own to subdue Japan.

The closest Allied nation.

To the conflict is the Soviet Union.

But they’re, still recovering form the Nazi campaign into their homeland and getting ready for the next war.

On, the other hand.

If the United States is eventually defeated by Japan, it will leave the country almost defenseless, which would allow the Soviet Union to be in an even greater position of power.

Knowing that they can’t rely on anyone but themselves, and that they need to end the war with Japan as soon as possible.

The United States makes a drastic decision.

They must conduct a land invasion in order to end the war once and for all.

For all intents and purposes, World War II, is over at this point.

The Allies have reclaimed Europe and signed The Paris Peace Treaties.

Even, though Japan hasn’t, surrendered, Europe, starts to rebuild after the devastation of the war.

The war in the Pacific is too far away to worry.

About.

The, continuation of violence between the United, States and Japan develops into its own unique war., The United States knows that it will be American men who are sent to the slaughter by a land invasion.

But.

There seems to be no other choice.

The Japanese people are resilient, and even after traditional bombings, firebombings, and atomic bombings, they continue to fight on.

The only way to end this war is by cutting off the serpent's head, and to do this, Japan must be invaded.

This is actually what Japan has been hoping.

For.

They know that if the Americans step foot on Japanese soil, they have the advantage.

Every single Japanese citizen is willing to lay down their life to defeat the foreign threat.

This includes women and children being used to overwhelm the enemy.

Forces.

The casualties will be massive on both sides, but the end goal of the Japanese leadership is to make taking Japan so difficult for the United States, that they will eventually give up.

In fact.

The Japanese know that the last thing the U.S.

wants to do is conduct a land.

Invasion.

They hoped that their resilience from all of the bombings would be enough of a deterrent to send the United States packing from home, however.

That’s not what happened., The U.S.

prepares the Navy to move in closer to the Japanese mainland.

The Japanese people move into position along the coast to fight off any land incursion in their regions.

Like.

The kamikaze pilots in the sky, the average citizen, is willing to lay down their life for the emperor on land.

The Japanese people are not only soldiers, but human bombs, as well.

As U.S.

forces step onto the beaches of Japan.

They are met by wave after wave of regular citizens who quickly overwhelm them.

Landing parties are fended, off.

Sometimes, the American soldiers can hold the beach for a few days, but eventually more and more Japanese are sent to push them back into the ocean from once they came.

And.

It would seem that the Japanese people are not the only ones who are angry about the invasion of their country, and the prolonged war that has now gone on for years after the rest of the world agreed on peace.

Mother Nature also causes chaos for the American forces.

As, the land invasion, commences, a catastrophic typhoon strikes, Japan.

The, winds, waves, and rain cause Naval vessels to become shipwrecked.

Soldiers that are encamped on beaches, drown in massive floods.

Due to sheer willpower, and the deployment of tanks and other armored vehicles.

The United States finally gains a foothold on the mainland of Japan.

Unfortunately, victory is still far from secured.

The Japanese people have retreated into the forests, mountains, and cities on their home island, and have begun engaging in gorilla.

Warfare.

The Japanese government has become destabilized as most of the trained military has been killed, or is regrouping for a counter attack, but the regular citizens fight on., This, isn’t surprising, since if the United States was ever invaded, every American citizen would fight to the last person to defend their homeland.

The Japanese are only trying to fight off an invading force.

U.S.

soldiers are ambushed in the thick forests by regular citizens using rifles, swords, and improvised explosives.

American forces are repelled in the mountains by people held up in fortresses and castles from the days of the Samurai.

In, the remaining cities, people hide in their homes, waiting for an unsuspecting soldier to walk by and then quickly dispatch.

Him.

They are not being given orders by a general, or any military leaders.

They are just trying to defend their homeland from the invading force.

Between, the weather, enemy military, and the Japanese people.

The United States has lost between 500,000 and one million soldiers.

Reinforcements are still a long way away, especially those arriving by ship.

At.

This point, history could have gone two ways.

The first, is that the United States gives up and returns back to North America to lick its wounds.

If.

This happened, the Soviet Union, may have taken advantage of the vulnerable state that the country was in, and the Cold War may have became an all out battle with the Soviets being victorious.

The.

Other outcome might have been the United States continuously sending resources and men to Japan until the population was finally subdued.

There would be no victory, as the cost of human life would have been too great.

The United States would have needed to keep a military presence in the country to make sure that it couldn't rebuild its military, and they would need to put a democracy in place to run the nation.

Unfortunately, as history has shown.

This is easier said than done.

If Japan had never surrendered in World War II.

The fighting would have continued on.

Surrender wasn’t an option.

Unless the populace was told by the emperor himself that it was necessary.

So, although World War II may have ended, the war in the Pacific would have raged.

On.

The, United States would most likely be fighting it alone, and the only way that it would have come to an end was through a land, invasion.

However.

If the United States did invade the mainland of Japan, the casualties would have been astronomical.

Also.

There is no way to know what other countries would do while Japan and the United States were fighting with one another.

It is a real possibility that other countries like the Soviet Union would have jumped at the opportunity to gain power, while U.S.

resources, men, and military vessels were tied up in a war with Japan.

As, the United States became weaker and weaker.

Other countries may have become stronger and stronger.

Now watch “What.

If Kamikaze Pilot Survived?” Or check out “What If: World Without, the US - Part 1.”.

FAQs

What if Japan never surrenders in ww2? ›

If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost.

Why was Japan surrendering important? ›

NEW ORLEANS (August 10, 2010) – On August 14, 1945 the world learned that Japan had surrendered, effectively ending World War II, a war that Americans thought would go on indefinitely. No newsflash in modern history has ever been greeted with such overwhelming celebration.

Why was Japan's surrender important in ww2? ›

The leadership in Tokyo realized they had no hope now.” In fact, the situation was now completely reversed, with the Japanese fearing a Communist invasion which would overturn their rigid, imperial hierarchy and transform their nation forever. Immediate surrender was the only option.

Did Japan have enough time to surrender? ›

The general interpretation of the intercepts at the time was that Japan might be on the road to surrender, and they perceived there was a sympathetic “peace party” in their high command, but that Japan was ultimately not yet ready to accept unconditional surrender.

Why wasn t Japan surrendering? ›

The main reason Japan would not surrender was that it did not want to get rid of the Emperor, a seemingly non-negotiable term for the U.S.

Why Japan could not win ww2? ›

Its navy and air force were impressive, and its army could battle impressively against China, but Japanese small arms were terrible. Japan's tanks could not compete with their opposite numbers. The Empire's logistical base was undeveloped for modern warfare.

Was Japan willing to surrender before the atomic bomb? ›

Did the Japanese offer to surrender before the atomic bombs were dropped in August 1945? In my first post earlier this week, I gave what we might call the standard diplomatic history answer: no, they didn't.

What was the effect of the Japanese surrender? ›

17 July–2 August: Potsdam Conference (Truman, Attlee, Stalin), held in Berlin, Germany; the joint declaration reiterates the call for Japan's unconditional surrender. Specific terms include the loss of all Japanese territories outside the Home Islands, complete disarmament, and Allied occupation of Japan.

What happened to Japan after they surrendered? ›

After the defeat of Japan in World War II, the United States led the Allies in the occupation and rehabilitation of the Japanese state. Between 1945 and 1952, the U.S. occupying forces, led by General Douglas A. MacArthur, enacted widespread military, political, economic, and social reforms.

Why did Japanese soldiers not surrender in ww2? ›

Japan's culture, during WWII, was not one which praised surrender. Soldiers, upon deployment, were expected to either return home victorious or die in battle. Bushido ethics remained prevalent within the country and the samurai mentality experienced a resurgence.

Was Japan willing to surrender in ww2? ›

On August 10, 1945, Japan offered to surrender to the Allies, the only condition being that the emperor be allowed to remain the nominal head of state. Planning for the use of additional nuclear weapons continued even as these deliberations were ongoing.

What was Japan's main goal in ww2? ›

One of Japan's main goals during World War II was to remove the United States as a Pacific power in order to gain territory in east Asia and the southwest Pacific islands.

What convinced Japan to surrender? ›

According to the 'traditional narrative', the atomic bombs were the cause of the Japanese surrender. The 'revisionist historians' argue that Japan was already ready to surrender before the atomic bombs.

What pushed Japan to surrender? ›

Nuclear weapons shocked Japan into surrendering at the end of World War II—except they didn't. Japan surrendered because the Soviet Union entered the war. Japanese leaders said the bomb forced them to surrender because it was less embarrassing to say they had been defeated by a miracle weapon.

What did many Japanese do rather than surrender? ›

Instead of surrendering, many Japanese soldiers would kill themselves. For example, Japanese soldiers were known to charge at the American defensive lines even when they were outnumbered and lacked weapons. They were essentially running to their deaths as the American soldiers shot and killed them.

What if Japan never went to war with the US? ›

At the most extreme, no attack on Pearl Harbor could have meant no US entering the war, no ships of soldiers pouring over the Atlantic, and no D-Day, all putting 'victory in Europe' in doubt. On the other side of the world, it could have meant no Pacific Theatre and no use of the atomic bomb.

Why didn't the US want to invade Japan in ww2? ›

American war planners projected that a land invasion of Japan could cost the lives of up to a million U.S. soldiers and many more Japanese. These figures, Giangreco explains, were estimated based on terrain, the number of units fielded, and the number of enemy units they would have to fight.

Why didn't Japan surrender in 1944? ›

It was a war without mercy, and the US Office of War Information acknowledged as much in 1945. It noted that the unwillingness of Allied troops to take prisoners in the Pacific theatre had made it difficult for Japanese soldiers to surrender.

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