It’s the summer of 1945. The Second World War has been won in Europe but now the Allies were still battling against the uncompromising Empire of Japan. During the Potsdam Conference, the Allied Forces officially requested an unconditional surrender. The Allies clearly stated that if Japan did not surrender it would face “prompt and utter destruction”.
The reply they got would seal the fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So what was the reply? There was none. The Japanese have a word for this: “Mokusatsu”. It means “to kill with silence”. In other words, the Japanese ignored the Potsdam Declaration. It was a big mistake. Only a few weeks later, the 2 atomic bombs were dropped and Japan would quickly surrender.
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