AUTHORLow, Morris Fraser
TITLEJapan's Secret War? 'Instant' Scientific Manpower and Japan's World War II Atomic Bomb Project
PERIODICAL TITLEAnnals of Science
DATE PUBLISHED1990
VOLUME NUMBER47
ISSUE NUMBER4
PAGE NUMBERS347-360
ISSN0003-3790
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This article argues that the Japanese could not have produced an atomic bomb during World War II because they lacked the necessary manpower. The author relates the history of the Japanese attempt to mobilize its scientists for the war effort, as well as the history of the Japanese atomic bomb program. He states that the Japanese program was not nearly as well organized as the program in the United States, and that the scientists were scattered among different groups. He also tries to refute the argument by Robert Wilcox in Japan’s Secret War, which says that Japan could have built an atomic bomb and had moved the program to Korea. The author shows that not only were there too few nuclear physicists, but many of those physicists continued to work on their own research and were never actively involved in the Japanese atomic bomb program. He states that it is important to know the truth about the subject because many people claim that because the Japanese were trying to build an atomic bomb, the United States was justified in using the atomic bomb against them.


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