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July 18, 2005
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Walter Grunden
Walter Grunden

BGSU Historian’s Book Answers Why Japan Lagged in World War II Weaponry

oIn his 1985 book, Japan’s Secret War, Robert Wilcox contends that Japan successfully tested a nuclear device on Aug. 12, 1945—six days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and three days after the attack on Nagasaki.

Wilcox makes his case in a History Channel documentary—scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. Aug. 16—in which Dr. Walter Grunden, history, takes the opposing view.

Grunden argues “there’s just not enough evidence to say they succeeded” in developing a nuclear weapon, and in a new book, he outlines reasons why Japan was unable to produce any potentially decisive weapons during the war.

In the book, Secret Weapons and World War II: Japan in the Shadow of Big Science, Grunden explains that “Big Science”—a term coined after the war—requires the intersection of several elements.

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