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Episode 4: An Extraordinary Measure

U.S bombing pounds the Japanese home islands. Slave labour and sex slavery are evident. In August 1945, atomic bombs fall on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Calls for surrender are resisted and as agreed at Potsdam, the Red Army invades Manchuria. For the first time the Japanese hear the voice of their Emperor in a broadcast telling them to “bear the unbearable”. Finally, General MacArthur accepts Japan’s surrender on behalf of the Allied Powers. Japan begins the slow journey to miraculous recovery.