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Five Things You’d Want to Know in Explaining Japan’s Surrender in 1945

dij-forum_160602.jpgTo most Americans, it is perfectly obvious that the two atomic bombs ended World War II. Yet at least four other developments helped persuade Japanese leaders to surrender.

The Soviet Union’s entry into the war against Japan on August 8 may have been more decisive, some historians argue. However, the other three factors are rarely discussed.