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    Discuss how assumptions the social reforms and equality would flourish in post-war Japan have or have not been realized. Who was assumed to benefit in Japan from the worldwide trend of social empowerment. Who or what has benefited thus far.

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    The reforms and equality that were expected by the brief American takeover of Japan were recognized as it became exactly what the American occupiers had envisioned it would become. After the end of the war, America wanted to ensure that it had a buffer in Asia to stem the growing flow of Communism within Asian countries. The U.S. saw Japan as the perfect buffer and they acted upon this by ensuring that following Japan's defeat, it became one of the most prosperous and influential nations in the world, and more importantly to the United States, it was allied to the U.S. and has several strategic bases for United States armed forces. Therefore, this reassessment of the country in regards to how it would play a role in the greater "cold war" led to Japan's rapid ...