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    • Mark of Lewiston
    • 05.03.06 | 23:41 (IST)

    As one who was born in Japan, albeit after the occupation officially ended, I think you're oversimplifying how MacArthur accomplished what he did. I do not claim particular expertise, but my father passed on some things. There was a committment to establishing law an order for the common Japanese citizen. Anything requisitioned by the occupying forces was paid for, even if it was temporary use of a field. Except for the de-deification of the emperor and the breaking of the samurai feudal privilege system, their culture and religions were left intact. A massive rebuilding effort was made, at US expense; the assets, including the hospital I was born in, were turned over to the Japanese. Self-sufficiency was encouraged. Lastly, abuses by occupying forces were not only dealth with by military justice, they were seen to be dealt with by the Japanese. Doug MacArthur and George Marshall's vision was demonstraed to the Japanese that they could be better off with a new paradym.

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