On August 6, 1945 The United States of America Air Force military dropped the most terrible and then currently – most advanced weapon over the city of Hiroshima, of imperial Japan: The Atomic Bomb, also Known As ‘the Atom Bomb”, or simply called “the A Bomb”. This bomb was the first deployed nuclear bomb that occurred during World War 2 (September 1, 1939 to September 2,1945).
The devastating device, that was named “Little Boy”, was dropped from an American B-29 bomber called “The Enola Gay” which left the island of Tinian for Hiroshima. Hiroshima was chosen because of the concentration of military bases, factories, and ammunition facilities. Most other Japanese cities were already destroyed by air attacks. In an instant, between 80,000 to 140,000 people were killed and 100,000 more people were seriously injured.
Not getting an immediate, unconditional surrender from the Japanese government, America dropped a second very terrible Atomic Bomb, nicknamed “Fat Man” on Japan at Nagasaki on August 6, 1945. From that explosion, 74,000 people were killed and another 75,000 individuals sustained severe injuries. Nagasaki was chosen because it was a major port city for commercial and industrial trade. During the USA 2 Atom Bombings of Japan, dark shadows of incinerated people and objects, as bicycles, were left on buildings, steps, and sidewalks.
The USA immediately declared war against Japan after Japanese military planes bombed the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in an early morning sunny Sunday surprise attack on December 7,1941. On that date, 2,403 USA personnel were killed which includes sailors, soldiers, and civilians. Another 1,178 people were wounded. Of the enemy Japanese soldiers, 129 were killed with 29 Japanese planes shot down. Three American military ships, the USS Utah, the USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma were permanently destroyed by the Japanese.
The USS Oklahoma got pulled out of the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor. In 1947, the battleship was decommissioned, declared a derelict, and taken to a scrapyard. The USS Arizona and the USS Utah are still at the bottom of the waters off Pearl Harbor. The rest of the twelve other attacked ships were repaired and floating within 6 months. One hundred and eighty eight USA aircraft were destroyed and one hundred and fifty nine USA aircraft were damaged.
During World War 2, Japan was ruled by an Emperor that was believed to be a living God of the people who descended directly from the Sun Goddess Amaterasu of the ancient Japanese religion of Shinto. The emperor was also a dictator who established an ever expanding Japanese empire that went about conquering the various countries around Japan by brutal.bloody wars,annexing those countries under Japanese authority.
The USA, which would hold economic interests in the various nations conquered by Japan, economically sanctioned Japan by freezing all Japanese assets in the USA. Furthermore,Japan only had 6 % of its oil supply naturally within its island nation, with 94% of Japan’s oil supply being cut off from the USA embargo. The American embargo was against scrap metal, oil, and aviation fuel heading to Japan. Japan then went about plundering the oil supplies,as well as other natural resources, of the countries that it conquered. The Emperor Hirohito (born April 29,1901- died on January 7, 1080) wrongly assumed the horrific bombing of the American naval base of Pearl Harbor would scare off the Americans, but the reverse happened.
America immediately declared war on Japan and the American people wanted revenge against the Japanese and millions of Americans gladly enlisted in the war to fight and conquer the Japanese. Nine days after the second atomic bomb was detonated over Japan, the Emperor of Japan surrendered his government unconditionally to the USA and its allies on August 15,1945 He formally signed a surrender and a peace treaty on September 2, 1945 and the war with Japan was over.
The first American nuclear attack took place at the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall which is now changed to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.This site is claimed to be haunted as the people nearby have heard uncanny voices, believed to be ghostly voices, near the dome. Also, there have been many incidents of electronic voice phenomenon where people can hear the atomic bomb exploding itself. The location of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Building, which stands partly in ruins, is 1-10 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima,730-0061, Japan. Timings: varies from 830 to 19:00.
On September 24, 2015 a famous novelist named David Mitchell, wrote what is believed to be a possibly true ghost story about meeting an old man ghost and talking to him in Hiroshima in 1996. The story is entitled “once Upon a Time in Japan, at the Foot of the Bed….”, and published in the debut of “Freeman’s”.
Dave Mitchell mentions he was living in an old house at the edge of a Japanese town called “Kabe” in Hiroshima Prefecture. The house stood at the edge of a small rice field on the banks of a small tributary of the Otagaqa River. The ghost entered up the to the foot of the bed Mitchell was in, one night in early October which woke him up. He got the impression the ghost did not want to be looked upon. He talked to the ghost for a very short time telling the ghost in Japanese his name, birth place, age, job and how long he was in Japan; all the with Mitchell having his eyes shut; closed his eyes. Mitchell knew his front door was locked and the intruder had to be a not of this world phenomenon. After a moment or so of this encounter, Mitchell felt the presence had departed the house. He opened his eyes, turned on the light to see no one else, in the room. He observed the front door was still locked and returned to sleep.
After the Nagasaki nuclear attack, various survivors began to feel; sense and believe there were invisible ghosts, spirits around them, and while some of these entities were very sad, some of the others were very angry. Some survivors thought they experienced a very brief spiritual vision of their deceased family members and dead personal friends.
Most Japanese were Shintoists, but many are Buddhists, and some Japanese are Christians. A generally held belief of Buddhists, Christians, Shintoists and other religions is that when the dead have been denied their proper funeral prayers rituals by the clergy, their ghosts will be haunt the areas they died in. Thus many Japanese feel Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still relentlessly haunted in great numbers by the restless dead.