What was the extent of Japanese control after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? I am talking about before their surrender. A map would be extremely preferred for better understanding.

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    Japanese control of what? Dec 3, 2016 at 14:47
  • I wonder if you done any previous research on this question.
    – Greg
    Dec 17, 2016 at 2:32

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http://omniatlas.com/maps/eastasia/19450815/ has a map that shows the Empire of Japan. It was very big even during the surrender.

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    +1. This was a good find, but more commentary would have made your answer better.
    – Tom Au
    Dec 3, 2016 at 10:23
  • My sense is that despite how much territory was under Japanese control, they did not have fuel, ammo or food in sufficient quantities to continue to hold.
    – Jeff
    Aug 29, 2017 at 10:00
  • Note that at the time of surrender it was shrinking very rapidly as the Soviets devoured Manchuria in a matter of weeks.
    – Schwern
    Aug 29, 2017 at 18:26

I am adding a map of 1942, to show Japan's maximum extent, to contrast with the excellent map put up by Sadiq.

Compared with 1942, Japan had lost most of Burma to the British, and most of Manchuria to the Russians. The Americans had recaptured the Philippines, and numerous Pacific islands. But Japan had maintained her home territory (except for Iwo Jima and Okinawa) and even increased her holdings in China, holding onto Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in Indochina.

cbi-theater.com has a map that shows the Empire of Japan in 1942.

Empire of Japan in 1942


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