Aftermath: Japan #8


Original Caption:

Tokyo -- The Japanese went to the polls in their National Election and here are some of them casting their ballots. Women who never knew what it was to have a voice in their nation's affairs until the American occupation, are shown at one of the polling stations. Note that they wear the native wooden shoes, the prototype of the now Occidentally-fashionable platform shoes. The pro-American Liberal Party of Premier Yoshida Shigeru retained power. The Communists took a bad shellacking, failing to win a single seat in the Diet. In the last Diet the Red Party had 22 representatives. (1952)

4 comments:

Cooper Green said...

Have you noticed that Hector Berlioz looks a little like Johnny Cash? I don't think he wrote anything for guitar, though, so it's probably just a coincidence.

Timmy said...

So, explain to me, why America couldn't do to Iraq what we did to Japan? We defeted them, RELIGION and all. They gave up. They surrendered. Simple, CRUEL, yes, but it worked.

Fred said...

Well Timmy since you asked...

Japan is island, which made it easy to keep out outside influences from creating and sustaining an insurgency. In the case of Iraq, porous borders allowed insurgents to enter from Syria and weapons to come in from Iran. Also, Japan is fairly homogenous, and a "true" country, as opposed to Iraq which was created by the British and included three main groups (Sunni, Shi'a and Kurds) who don't get along together. Finally, the decisiviness of the victory over, coupled with the privations felt by the civilians convinced most Japanese that there was no going back to the Imperial era. This was not the case in Iraq.

Wellwynder said...

"Shellacking"? Does this mean the Communists got pelted with old records? All those years of the Cold War, all that money spent on nuclear weapons, when all the West needed was to invest in some 78s...