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					The Debate on the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb – Japan on the Verge of
Defeat
It is your task to argue against the viewpoint below which suggests that the Japanese were on the verge of
defeat. Japanese men, women and children were being taught to defend their homeland to the last. A
land attack would have cost too many lives.




                                                         “We thought we would be able to defeat the
                                                         Americans on their first landing attack. But if
                                                         the Americans launched a second or third
                                                         attack, first our food supply would run out,
                                                         then our weapons. The Americans could have
                                                         won without using atomic bombs”.

                                                          Secretary to the Japanese War Minister,
                                                         speaking in 1963.




The Debate on the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb – Japan on the Verge of
Defeat
It is your task to argue in favour of the viewpoint below, suggesting the Japanese were on the verge of
defeat. There was no need to drop the atomic bomb.




                                                 “We thought we would be able to defeat the
                                                 Americans on their first landing attack. But if the
                                                 Americans launched a second or third attack, first
                                                 our food supply would run out, then our weapons.
                                                 The Americans could have won without using
                                                 atomic bombs”.

                                                  Secretary to the Japanese War Minister,
                                                 speaking in 1963.

				
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