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3-2-1Post-bombing Turmoil and the Start of Reconstruction


 

Even after the war, survivors continued to suffer from injuries and diseases caused by the atomic bomb. Children returned from evacuation sites, adults and families returned from overseas, and soldiers repatriated from battlefields; but in Hiroshima, dire shortages of food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities made life grueling.
After its defeat in World War II, Japan was occupied by the Allied Forces, led by the United States. During this occupation, Japanese society underwent rapid, dramatic changes. With survival itself still at stake, the people of Hiroshima strove to put their lives back in order. They rebuilt roads and bridges, erected barrack-style housing on the scorched plain, and provided education in “blue sky” classrooms. Some of these projects were made possible by generous assistance from overseas.