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The Early Occupation Period, 1945–1947

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This chapter presents a list of 12 letters written during the period 1945-1947. The letters are written by Kichisaburo Nomura to Pratt, Pratt to Nomura, Wheeler to Nomura, Nomura to Civil Intelligence Section, SCAP, Thorpe to Nomura and Moore to Nomura. The chapter also presents an essay on "The Future of Japan" dated December 21, 1946. Recalling the bitterness of the war from which Japan and the United States had only just emerged, the significance of this correspondence is twofold. First, it captures the genuine warmth and mutual respect with which Nomura and his American counterparts treated each other. Second, it reveals that Nomura and his American correspondents shared not only the goal of peace in the Pacific but also the belief that this could best be achieved by their two nations' friendship and cooperation.

Keywords: Kichisaburo Nomura; Pratt; Thorpe



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