Japan: Rising Sun Notes

for The U.S. War Against Asia
by William P. Meyers

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Notes from

The Rising Sun, The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936-1945
by John Toland

Book Club Edition, Random House, New York, copyright 1970, in two volumes
Page numbers continue in volume 2, so I’ll just note page numbers. Volume 2 begins at page 547

The Rising Sun gives a detailed account of the relations of the United States of America and Japan leading up to and during World War II. It appears to be carefully researched and relatively unbiased in describing the decisions of the U.S. and Japan to go to war over control of East Asia.

1 Japan in Manchuria
2 Japan and China go to war
3 Independent Chinese government established
4 1938 War Between Russia and Japan; 1940 Japanese expansion plans
5 Tripartite Agreement; Cordell Hull's 4 principles
6 Diplomatic maneuvers while Hitler invades Russia; new Japanese cabinet
7 Hull blocks Konoye from meeting with Roosevelt; industrial capacities compared
8 First Japanese war decision deadline set
9 Peace deadline missed: Tojo becomes premier of new Japanese cabinet
10 America already fighting Japan in mid-1941; Roosevelt note
11 War is on, but negotiations continue (November 1941)
12 Japanese war decision December 1, 1941
13 Japan launches war, Battle of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
14 Japan conquers the Philippines and Dutch East Indies
15 Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere
16 Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, China Strategy
17 Firebombing of Japan and peace demands
18 Harry Truman becomes President, Potsdam Declaration
19 Atomic bombings, Japan surrenders
20 Russian deal with Chinese nationalists

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