Seventy years have passed since the first atomic bomb took the lives of 90,000 in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. It was an act of destruction deliberately calculated to be of such unprecedented frightfulness that it would shock the fanatical military rulers of Japan, with their policies of fighting to the last man, into immediate surrender. In fact, the Japanese powers dismissed the world's first atomic attack as being less effective than earlier firebomb raids on Tokyo, and they continued, even after a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later, to demand that national honour required the entire population to fight on to the death. Here, Harper tells what a close run thing Japan's surrender was, and how it fell to the Emperor Hirohito, regarded there as a near-deity, to take upon himself alone the decision 'to accept the unacceptable,' and surrender...
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