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i wonder what the life style might be there?
i wonder why the japanese did not continue invading south to borneo & australia instead of that crazy midway stunt?
Had they cut their losses and got out of China and focused instead on SE Asia, they may have come out of WWII ok.
double edged sword. the action in china helped hone the skills of the japanese especially in air ops, early on in the action their air crews were much sharper than the english american or whomever.
they could hardly leave manchuria, they had propagated to their citizens this was part of their nation now, the army had a stake in the continuation in china...there were probably a million total japanese troops in china & manchuria...
the matter of getting & keeping empire was truly a more or less religious type seriousness to the japanese people. leaving occupied or disputed land would have meant serious loss of face
in truth, the need to go to midway was the plan of yamamoto...who came up with the pearl harbor action. it was a poor plan poorly executed but he was so revered that once he made up his mind there was no going back.
but initially the japanes air crews from the carriers especially, they were far better than ours....but then they overworked them to death, pushed man & machine past their limits and lost them of course to enemy fire & accidents, missed landings whatever....their quality of crews could not be kept up as were those of the allies, and the allies got better, quick.
just finished a book on the pacific theatre 41-42 it was a pretty interesting read. the japanese pscyhe is beyond my mortal ability to completely fathom or evaluate
I know what you mean regarding the Japanese psyche. I am currently taking a class on Modern Japan, their way of thinking is so foreign to me too. Essentially in the 1910s and 1920s they were on the way to having a healthy, thriving democracy. The economy was flourishing and Japan was reaping the benefits of modernization. Then for whatever reason, they decided their way of life was under attack and that militarism was the only way to go. So they started a war they couldn't win in order to "restore" their culture, and in the process almost entirely destroyed their traditional culture and way of life.
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