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- People in story:
- Indravadan Shah
- Location of story:
- Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India
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- Contributed on:
- 30 June 2004
This story is about my grand father. I have posted this story on the website for a history project in school.
India imported a lot of goods from Japan. This meant that India didn’t have to produce its own products and it was quite cheap to import from Japan. India wasn’t as technologically advanced as Japan so the modern equipment, electronics, cars and toys were mostly made in Japan. A lot of clothes were imported from Japan as well.
During the World War II, Japan attacked the American Pearl Harbour in an attempt to destroy the whole American Navy. It was a surprise attack and wasn’t completely successful. However, it had done enough damage to enrage America. America started planning revenge. It would be impossible to defeat Japan in war because it had 5000 planes and 5 million people who were prepared to fight till they died. It sounded uneventful that Japan would surrender. So as an attempt to make Japan surrender, America decided to use the first atomic bombs in the world on Japan.
Two bombs were dropped. The first one was dropped on Hiroshima and it killed 70,000 people and destroyed 7000 buildings. Japan didn’t surrender and America dropped another bomb three days later on Nagasaki. This one killed 35,000 people. Six days later Japan surrendered.
Now Japan’s main resources were destroyed. A massive fraction of the population had died. The industry was hit hard and now Japan produced a lot less products for export. As a result India
Lost its trade link with Japan. Now it had to make its own poor quality goods or import expensive ones. All over India prices shot up. All the products in the market were much more expensive. Some clothes and daily essentially were now twice as expensive. The whole world was suffering from America’s revenge. No other country was able to create such good quality cheap modern equipment.
This is one of the most striking stories my grand dad told me about the unforgettable World War II.
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