Last updated 3/4/2014 7:08 am @ Taipei, Taiwan – Wow I didn’t know this was being considered at the time. How interesting… The map was the proposed division of Japan after their un-conditional surrendering after the atomic bombs were dropped. The Asia theater would be a very different scene today I think.
English translation by Frank M. Lin
What if Japan were divided up as the map suggested?
At end of world war II USA, USSR, UK, and ROC (Republic of China, KMT) were negotiating and proposing occupying Japan together.
According to the plan Kanto, central area, Kinki, Ryuki would be occupied by USA.
九州、中國地方由英國佔領 Kyushu, China (an area in Japan SouthWest on the main island) would be occupied by UK.
Hokkaido, Tohoku would be occupied by USSR
Shinkoku would be occupied by ROC.
Osaka will be occupied by both USA and ROC.
Tokyo would be occupied by all four countries USA, USSR, UK, ROC.
Perhaps it was lessons learn from division Germany up… after Japan surrendered General Douglas MacArthur cancelled the original proposal above and he decided that USA would occupy Japan exclusively.
However, USSR already quickly occupied South Sakhalin and the Kuril and was preparing to land and occupy Hokkaido.
For that, General MacArthur issued serious ultimatum warning USSR not to act rashly and stay put. USA forces moved quickly to occupy Hokkaido over night and was able to keep the main Japan island together.
If it wasn’t for General MacArthur the Japan would have likely ended up like German and Korea – one country divided!!