Lucky for us ours was ready before they were able to use theirs.
The leading figure in the Japanese atomic program was Dr. Yoshio Nishina, a close associate of Niels Bohr and a contemporary of Albert Einstein. Nishina had co-authored the Klein–Nishina formula. Nishina had established his own Nuclear Research Laboratory to study high-energy physics in 1931 at RIKEN Institute (the Institute for Physical and Chemical Research), which had been established in 1917 in Tokyo to promote basic research. Nishina had built his first 26-inch (660 mm) cyclotron in 1936, and another 60-inch (1,500 mm), 220-ton cyclotron in 1937. In 1938 Japan also purchased a cyclotron from the University of California, Berkeley.
Also shows the brilliance of the Germans as well as expose how other nations were pursuing what was supposed to be a top secret project.The Russians and Japs obviously knew what Germany was doing, we were just lucky German scientists recognized what side had the worlds best interest.Funny, this is the first I'd heard about Japan's attempt at the bomb. I'd love to know who sold them the secret.
In 1938 Japan also purchased a cyclotron from the University of California, Berkeley.
** The submarine, U-234, was en route to Japan with its cargo of uranium oxide -- enough, he says, to fuel two Japanese atom bomb attacks on the United States -- when it surrendered on May 19, 1945, Wilcox says. Wilcox, who has written books on a variety of military issues, believes Japan had its own secret atom bomb project and cites evidence that Japan may even have exploded a test device in northern Korea. ** In his book, "Japan's Secret War," Wilcox argues that had Germany not surrendered on May 6, ordering its ships and submarines to turn themselves in to the Allies, the first cities to be destroyed by atomic bombs could have been American. Rather than Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, which were bombed by the United States in August of that year. That is, if the Japanese had time to assemble them, he says. ** In any event, Wilcox claims, the Japanese were closer to achieving the bomb than the American people knew -- or American authorities since may have wanted them to know.
Perhaps Americans didn't find credible his reports that Japan had relocated atomic bomb production facilities to Japanese occupied North Korea in 1945, Wilcox suggests. But now, with growing U.S. anxiety over the nuclear weapons development program in communist North Korea, Americans may be more willing to take his earlier revelations seriously, he says. In his book Wilcox traces Japan's determined development effort from its earliest days through possible testing.Wilcox speaks of a network of Spanish spies working in North America, U-234's aborted attempt to deliver 1,235 pounds of valuable, 77 percent pure uranium oxide to Japan, and atomic research centers operating in North Korea. Wilcox, who at 51 lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif., said in an interview this month that his book was ahead of its time. "In 1985 the country wasn't ready for the story," he said. "Japan has always been looked at as the victim of the bomb. And so a lot of people didn't like the book. "To be very base about it, there is a whole liberal element that does not want Japan to look like anything but the victim. But the fact is the Japanese tried very hard to make the bomb and would have dropped it." The main thrust of the book is the Japanese did have an atomic bomb program, Wilcox said. "The Japanese knew an atomic bomb was feasible but their problem was uranium."
I was taught the only reason Japan surrendered is because they did not realize WE HAD ONLY TWO BOMBS.And that it may have taken a year or more to build another.Is that right ?
I've read the same which I believe to be true. Bluffing is a war tactic, and I wouldn't be surprised if we told the emperor that we had a lot more.Even if the emperor knew we only had the two, he knew we would have firestormed Japan into oblivion one way or the other anyway. We were quite ticked off about Pearl Harbor, the Bataan March, etc, and would have had no problem seeing every Japanese killed. I watch the old newsreels of the attack, and even though we have long been allies with Japan, I still get ticked off watching that sneak attack.
In 1945 atomic bombs were rather big and heavy. Not sure if Japan could have delivered a bomb anywhere other than Japan itself.
A submarine, barge, or raft can do the job.We must be vigilant.