6. The Direct Financial Cost of World War II
The State Department’s tally from 2008 showed the direct costs as $296 billion spent from 1941 to 1945. That was put at $4.114 trillion in 2008-equivalent dollars. Estimates of the costs are for military operation expenses only. They do not count the costs of veterans benefits, interest paid on war financing nor assistance to allies.
That figure would be even higher today, with a Census CPI inflation calculator showing that $1.00 in 2008 has the same buying power as $1.12 in 2016.
7. Equipment Destroyed During Pearl Harbor Attack
According to the National World War II Museum, the attack on Pearl Harbor and its nearby airfields in Hawaii resulted in the sinking or destruction of 18 ships (five of which were battleships). Some ships were destroyed entirely, while most ships rejoined fleets between 1942 and 1944. Also, nearly 350 planes were destroyed or damaged.
Of the Japanese ships noted on the National World War II Museum site, only one of the 22 total Japanese ships at Pearl Harbor was not sunk by the end of the war.
8. U.S. Military Production Totals (All of World War II)
If you want to know what major warfare looks like, the numbers of production were massive for weapons of war. According to the World War II National Museum site, the United States made 12.5 million rifles and carbines and 41 billion rounds of ammunition.
The United States made some 310,000 in total aircraft (all types), versus over 76,000 from Japan from 1939 to 1945. Total U.S. tank production of all types was almost 61,000, versus not even 2,500 from Japan.
9. Welcome to the Nuclear Age
The United States brought in the nuclear age shortly before the end of World War II. The cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed, and the years after World War II brought on a nuclear arms race.
As of 2016, there are nine nations with nuclear weapons. The global security foundation called Ploughshares Fund showed that the world still has a total arsenal of 15,375 nuclear weapons, with some 93% being owned by the U.S. and Russia. They also represent that even this massive number of nukes is down by over two-thirds since peaking in the 1980s.
10. Jewish Victims of the Holocaust
Considering World War II without the Holocaust is just not possible. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, up to 6 million Jews were killed, in their estimates. There is no official figure for this due to a lack of centralized numbers and due to destroyed documents, and some estimates elsewhere are higher versus lower at other sources.
The total population of Israel (CIA World Factbook July 2016 estimate) was last seen at 8.174 million. That includes the 25.2% of the population who are counted as non-Jewish and mostly Arab.
11. Statistics of Japanese in America, Then Versus Now
Records sourced by the History Channel from the Census show that 127,000 people of Japanese ancestry lived in the United States in 1940, and close to 120,000 were relocated to live in internment camps. The East-West Center used 2010 Census data, and this was confirmed at the Census site, that there were a total of just over 1.3 million people in America who claim some Japanese heritage — with almost 842,000 claiming Japanese only.
12. Japan’s Auto Industry Footprint in America
It is no secret that Japanese industry exports and does vast business in America. Outside of TVs and other electronics, there are millions upon millions of cars sold each year by Japanese car giants in America (Toyota, Nissan, Honda).
Of the 17.5 million cars and trucks sold in America as a whole in 2015, a breakdown by major brand (may not include sub-brands) per Automotive News showed the following: Nissan brand set an annual sales record of 1,351,420 units and the Honda brand set an annual record with deliveries of 1,409,386 units. Toyota’s own press release showed that all Toyota Motor Sales, USA, were 2,499,313 units in 2015.
13. Japanese Cuisine Expansion in United States
The one area of Japanese culture that has expanded the most is its cuisine. The number of Japanese restaurants (particularly sushi bars) in America was miniscule before and after World War II. Japan’s explosive economic expansion into the 1980s and 1990s brought many more sushi bars to America to cater to Japanese businessmen who traveled and lived abroad. Sushi’s rise in America has continued for more than two decades, after what was considered the peak of Japan’s economic power.
Statistic Brain shows that there are nearly 4,000 sushi restaurants in the United States today (versus 45,000 in Japan) and that sushi now is a $2.25 billion revenue generator in the country. They also show that sushi consumption rose 28% from 2010 to 2014.
What people should consider here is that the number of restaurants and places you can buy sushi has exploded in the past two decades. Many mixed-Asian restaurants sell sushi, as do many grocery stores throughout America. While this may sound crazy and would not be recommended, you can even buy sushi to-go in some gas stations in America now.