The Kyūjō Incident (1945) – The Last 24 Hours of World War II

How did World War II end?

Adam explains the last 24 hours of the World War II from the Japanese perspective.

Most people know of Germany’s surrender in 1945, but what about Japan? On the anniversary of Emperor Hirohito’s speech announcing Japan’s surrender, Adam dissects the 24 hours leading up to what would is truly Japan’s longest day. Adam goes hour by hour into the little-known Kyūjō incident, which occurred from August 14 – 15, 1945, and led to some of the tensest and most important moments in human history.

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