Model of the atomic bomb 'Fat Man' on display at the West Point Museum, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, United States, 22 Sep 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
27 Jan 2017 11:06:54 AM



Wartime documents have surfaced, that the Japanese did have a program in the development of a nuclear device. Development started as early as 1937 scientists wanted both the Imperial Army & Navy to fund the project.


Working separately the Army & Navy wanted there own bomb. However, with Japan's
early victories in the Pacific, the military didn't believe Japan would need the advantage of a nuclear bomb.


As the war continued with less victories, the military started to change its mind, and showed its interest again in the project.
Japan lacked any uranium deposits, and relied on taking them by force from the occupied territories. Japan was able to get its hands on 5,000 tons of uranium oxide from Burma and had it shipped to Japan in 1943.


The Imperial Navy set up its own nuclear program creating the "Nishina Project"
in 1943. The Navy F-GO project was different from the Army's NI-GO project with their use of uranium enrichment.


At the end of the war, both projects were classified by the US Government and held for decades after the end of World War II, tons of data and documents and related material were kept under great censorship. Did you know that the Japanese bought their Cyclotron in 1938 from UCLA University of California along with others bought later on.
These machines (Cyclotrons) were particle accelerators used in bombarding atoms, with such equipment aspects of nuclear reactions could be tested in the laboratory thus laying the theoretical ground work for atomic weapons...


The Germans shipped (12) twelve V-2 rocket to Japan before the collapse of the Third Reich. What became of the rockets is for conjecture and speculation.
The Japanese military lacked operational experience with such weapons and the time needed to bring such weapons on line would take months. However, the Japanese had experience in air-to ground missiles and other technology.


At wars end the US Armed Forces captured vast amounts of documents dealing with nuclear technology...from both Germany, Italy and Japan. We all know about the German and Italian effort in getting the bomb. But let's also assume that the Japanese were close, or did have such a weapon in the design stages, just maybe the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki put an end to the Japanese bomb, but I'm only guessing here.
Did you know that thousands of tons of wartime documents will be held in Government archives until 2045. What other secrets are still being held and what other mysteries that will come to light hundreds of years into the future...that have happened since the end of World War II...


The Japanese also lacked an operational four-engine bomber, to fly from Honshu, Japan to Los Angeles, California with enough range to strike at other American targets.


Proposed Kawasaki Ki-91 four-engine bomber was set back, the factory planned to build the bomber was bombed by USAAF B-29's in February 1945.

Nakajima Ki-Gi0N1 a six- engine paper design bomber that was never built.

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