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What was the population of Hiroshima before World War 2?


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2008-03-16 22:42:12
2008-03-16 22:42:12

The question is somewhat ambiguous. Japan started fighting in China in 1933, so to be pedantic, we'd look at a 1930 census. From an American viewpoint, the war didn't start until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.

Hiroshima had a population of 344,000 according to the 1940 census. I can't find anything between 1910 and 1933, but the 1910 census figure was 143,000.


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