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  1. Japanese PMCs after World War 2

    The Treaty of San Francisco doesn't include any mention of disarmament. Actually, by the time the treaty was being signed, the US (the only country whose opinion actually mattered) would have preferred that Japan re-militarizes as quickly as possible. I don't think there is really any reason...
  2. WI Japanese VII Uboats

    The Japanese submarine doctrine was based on the faulty premise, namely that submarines' main task was to attack the American battle fleet and weaken it as it was steaming towards Japan before it would meet the IJN in the decisive battle. Besides the fact that they had made a wrong prediction...
  3. If the United States promoted the Okinawa referendum in 1971

    My understanding is that the idea of independent Okinawa really started to gain support only after the occupation ended, before that the consensus on the islands was more or less that they would like to return to Japan again.
  4. What if the Japanese battleship Nagato was reactivated and pressed JMSDF service?

    The JMSDF's main task to this day has been to operate in a supportive role to the USN in the region. Minesweeping and general coastal patrol are much more important things to concentrate, particularly as at this stage Japan still has very limited resources to invest in such things, and also...
  5. WI: Russian Hokkaido

    This was also what I was thinking. Russian Hokkaido is an extremely threatening development from the Japanese perspective, particularly if there was some conflict which led to the takeover. Did Russians force the Matsumae clan to accept their overlordship by the threat of arms or after some...
  6. Why are all the countries the Soviet Union invaded overlooked?

    I don't say that these countries are ignored but I do think it would be better if more about their experiences during the WW2 got published in English, or at least translated from books written in other languages. This isn't probably surprising but there certainly isn't a lack of books about...
  7. Anime and Manga PODs

    If there was no Evangelion, you would delay the rise of late-night anime ie. most of the series people watch to this day. It proved TV executives that there actually were people who would watch animated series targetted at older audiences in the middle of night and helped stations to fill those...
  8. WI: Russian Hokkaido

    From the Japanese perspective, how Russia gains the island would affect things. IOTL it was really until 1875 that the border area between Japan and Russia in Sakhalin become well-defined. Is it a sudden invasion or a more slower movement of settlers to the island? Also, there is actually...
  9. WI: Atomic Bombing of Tokyo

    That's true. It could become a problem though when it is assumed there is something more deeply-rooted and inherent in Japanese culture/people which lead to actions like the Nanjing Massacre, instead of issues stemming from institutional, political and other such factors.
  10. WI: Atomic Bombing of Tokyo

    Tokyo would be a very unlikely target. Yokohama was seriously considered though as it was felt that it would be a powerful demonstration of the weapon's power, the city being close to the capital. Although worded too strongly to my tastes, I must admit that I occasionally feel that WW2 Japan...
  11. Swedish Finland and Danish Norway

    One big difference between Irish and Finnish is that the latter was actually used as a liturgical language in Finnish churches. Churches were also responsible for education and probably over the half of Finnish population could already read by the beginning of the 19th century. This in contrast...
  12. Russia annexes Finland

    It should be also noted that Mongolia was actually claimed by China until 1945. By keeping the country at least nominally independent, the USSR had more options from which to choose its actions, particularly as the situation in China was changing constantly. The annexation of the country...
  13. Russia annexes Finland

    Just to note here that the Mannerheim line was much less significant defensively as it is often suggested. Although there were some defensive structures built there, in practice it was more like a pre-planned defiesive position on the military's maps than an actual physical barrier. Later Soviet...
  14. AHC: Have the British Isles be Europe's Japan

    To add to this, even during the sakoku Japan continued to interact with other Asian nations. Nagasaki had a large Chinese merchant population and trade there was from a purely economic perspective much more important than that conducted with the Dutch. Trade with the Ainu allowed Japan to...
  15. AHQ - Why did the West side with the Qing during the Taiping Rebellion?

    More Europeans learned about the Taiping, more they disliked it. Initially you had some even fairly positive depictions of them but as time went on there was growing realization among Europeans what sort of group they were dealing with.
  16. AHC: Have Japan as the world's 2nd largest economy and not China

    It's relatively easy to increase the Japanese GDP by 10-30% if different decisions on fiscal and monetary policies had been made in the 1980's and 1990's. Preventing or having a different kind Plaza Accord in 1985 so that the Yen's value wouldn't skyrocket so much and thus inflate the economic...
  17. Japan goes north instead of south in WWII?

    By 1941 the IJA had made it clear in the dicussions with the government that as long as their forces continued to be tied in China, they wouldn't attack the USSR except in the event of its catastrophic collapse in the war against Germany. (The war against the US was seen more as the Navy's...
  18. 1940 - Japanese Navy declares war on Vichy France and Nazi Germany and occupies French Indochina and Polynesia

    For Japanese, the alliance with Germany was more about politics than military utility during war-time. It was meant to fend off Americans and to be used a negotiation tool with them. It didn't really work that way though and only angered Americans. In talks with Americans in 1941, Japanese even...
  19. Japan keeps more after the war ?

    My understanding is that this is speculation and there is no actual evidence that this is true. Japanese destroyed lots of documents related to war crimes in the final days of the war so there might have been something like that among those but that isn't based on concrete evidence. There were...
  20. Japan keeps more after the war ?

    There was an interesting suggestion by Roosevelt just few days before the occupation of Southern Indochina that if Japan withdrew from Indochina, it would be made into a "neutralized country in the same way" than Switzerland. I think that in part tells how far Americans were ready to go to...
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