Essay “The difference between Japanese and Japanese-American after The Pacific War”


Essay
The difference between Japanese and Japanese-American after The Pacific War
Noriyuki Tani


The Pacific War between America and Japan started with Japan attacking the Pearl Harbor. In 1954, America dropped the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the war in the Pacific Ocean. Japan has two special days in remembering this war: the anniversary of the end of World War 2 and Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bomb Memorial Day. The atomic bomb killed thousands of people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, there was an attack that America launched that had as much casualty as Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Great Tokyo Air Raid had as much casualty as Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The people who were affected by the atomic bomb’s attack have special treatment, while those who were affected by the Air Raid do not. There is no such thing as a memorial day for the Air Raid. However, a person’s name who was put into an internment camp became a memorial day. The reason why the person was able to make a memorial day was because he believed that America was wrong, and the victim of the Air Raid cannot make a memorial day because they are under the influence of “American Imperialism.”

The Great Tokyo Air Raid is infamous compared to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “It is important to learn Hiroshima and Nagasaki because it showed the world how strong and dangerous an atomic bomb was” is the reason for why Hiroshima and Nagasaki is learned in World history. The Great Tokyo Air Raid is also an important history because it was a 2 hour long bombing, which killed thousands of people. The survivors of the air raid must get the Japanese and American government’s attention, and get more people to recognize the air raid.

“Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution,” named after Fred Korematsu, is a special day. Fred Korematsu was a man who refused to go into the internment camp during World War 2. During the Supreme Court decision of U.S. v Korematsu (1994), the Supreme Court ruled that putting someone into an internment camp was legal. After 39 years, this ruling was overturned, and America paid $20000 to each internment camp survivor. This day, “Fred Korematsu Day,” was established because Mr. Korematsu was persistent and determined to get the right decision.

The survivor of the Great Tokyo Air Raid did not ask for an apology from America. If the survivors demand an apology from America’s government, then a memorial day would possibly be established. When MacArthur came to Japan, the Japanese people did not have any problem with him in Japan. These people were already influenced by the “American Imperialism.” The victim of the air raid must move and act in order to have a memorial day, just like Mr. Korematsu.