I decided to explore the post-war Japanese occupation because I never had an opportunity to learn Japan’s post-war history in my previous Japanese secondary school, despite it being a relevant topic in Japan today. Once I decided on the topic, I started reading academic books from Duus and Dower to note all the evidence and arguments onto my outline document so that I can refer to various historical evidence when planning the essay’s argument. I chose secondary resources written from the West’s perspective because I realise the biased perception I may have as a Japanese; therefore these historians’ Western views enabling me to have a less subjective interpretation of the historical event. Additionally, I interviewed my grandfather via Skype as a witness of the constitutional changes and their implications, allowing me to gain insightful knowledge of the modernisation process.
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