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In August 1945, when the Soviets attacked Japan, many Japanese soldiers surrendered or fled the figh

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The situation with the Americans was different. Japanese propaganda had demonized the Americans and claimed they did not take prisoners and tortured POWs to death. While no Japanese POWs were ever tortured to death, the US did have a policy of not taking prisoners which confirmed the Japanese view that the Americans were barbarians. A vicious circle was created in which both sides loathed the other to the point that no prisoners were taken and the rules of war were tossed away.