Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Chronology of Japan (Occupation)

Chronology of Japan (Occupation) – http://www.history.army.mil/documents/8-5/8-5.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What types of events take place in the stages of a military occupation?


As the title implies, this US Army publication is a simple list of dates and events from 8/15/1945, the former date of the Japanese surrender though 3/31/1946, the 97th Infantry Division was inactivated at Kumagaya. I’ve included this resource for the mundaneness of tasks involved in winding down a war and setting up a military government. On interesting item here was the January 1, 1946 “Imperial Rescript” from the Emperor which renounced his personal claim to divinity and the Japanese people’s claim of racial superiority.


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