American Caesar, Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 - Chapter VII, Last Post, pgs. 459-544 Summary & Analysis

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MacArthur entered Tokyo six days after the surrender. The Japanese had suffered the worst defeat in history in terms of causalities. At this time, MacArthur was second in popularity only to Eisenhower with the United States public. MacArthur began to establish democracy in Japan. He had authority over the function of Hiroshito. He could also outlaw political parties and dissolve the Diet. He was seen in public quite a bit and was popular with the Japanese people. He established his head quarters in an insurance building which became known as Dai Ichi. Douglas liked to receive visitors and always made them feel welcome.

MacArthur had received almost every possible military decoration. He surprised some people by his lack of political ambitions, but he stayed on in Japan to help establish the past war government. The...

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