"There was no scheme , no strategic reserve of rice ready to rush to a prostate nation. The first thing the japanese received from their conquerors was contempt. Then a dribble of aid, clearly marked as to origin, titrated to minimise the likehood of revolt rather than prevent malnutrition. "
Ah yeah, that's it.
Let me provide with a thumbnail understanding of immediate post war analysis. "contempt" was not what the GI and US felt for the Japanese. The first thing they felt was hatred. But then they saw the state of the country. They were moved by the food shortages and the destitute wreckage of many cities. I am sorry they did not plan on feeding their hated enemy. As a curiosity, I would like your list of victors that feed populations that had just spent three and a half years killing them and torturing their POW's. I shall await your exhaustive list with much anticipation. Yet, I think I will wait until the Inferno freezes over.
But lets take it further. The US logistical capacity was nearly stretched to the breaking point feeding it's destitute allies and its soldiers and sailors with a shortage of farm help. But lets consider a little further, Japans population, about 70,000,000, all in need of food. I don't think the Chinese are going to be real cooperative, do you? Who does that really leave? The US. What does that mean in real terms. On VJ day the US is going to have a plan for coming up with 15 MILLION TONS of rice and ancillary foodstuffs and supplies in amounts I can't even begin to estimate. I would also point out that at that level we are talking 650 calories per day. If we were to really feed them we would have to ship on the order of 50 million tons of rice for the first year. This feat would have been a pretty mean accomplishment given that we have to grow it and ship it 5,000 miles. But the accomplishment becomes more staggering when one considers that the total US rice production for 1945 was about 3.5 million tons. I am sorry the understaffed farmers did not grow an additional 25+ million tons of rice. They just didn't plan for it.
Now that's just rice. Fertilizers, farm machinery, seed, pesticide, ancillaries. What about everything else? Locomotives, rail road tie, track, plumbing, ... even common niceties like toilet paper for heavens sake. The country was a wreck. You are using your imagination to substitute for reality. That's a troubling thing.
I will close by saying check your facts. Do even the roughest estimates. It is folks like you, that are fed nonsense as it it were facts, and then ... believe it, that trouble me.
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