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Why did Japanese women turn their backs on American troops during the Occupation of Japan? What did the gesture mean?

My Great-uncle told me that this gesture has been bothering him since he landed. When they landed the women in the streets turned their backs as he marched by. He assumes it meant disrespect of some sort but he wants a more exact reason why they did it. I can't find mention of it through Google searches, nor photos, nor personal accounts of that event.

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it was a gesture of disrespect because the nuclear bomb took out civilians not engaged in the war.

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I have a link to an opposite opinion.
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When American soldiers went to occupy Japan, Hirohito's imperial soldiers lined the entire route with their backs facing the motorcade. This was a gesture of respect. It might be that the women were trying to show the same thing, or their gesture might have been meant to indicate the opposite.

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i think disrespect (and they have a right and reason too) I agree with thedazzle
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I left a link for proof. You are correct.
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The government allowed there citizens to get hurt despite the warnings.

its also never nice to have foreign soldiers on your soil.

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Not just women--- men too. It's a sign of ultimate respect for a conquering general. It's covered in the movie "Emperor" with Tommy Lee Jones that came out this year. They would line the street, then turn around so as not to look in the face the Emperor, or one as high as the Emperor. See here: http://frdennismoviereviews.blogspot.com/2013/03/emperor-2012.html?m=1

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The Japanese army raped more Japanese women than any occupying force. Especially on the Japanese held Islands.they considered it their right, to take anything they wanted from the peasants.And their leaders looked away, some even participated.

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