IIRC, that was at the behest of Shogun MacArthur, who was running the
place at the time. They wanted Japan up and running as a functioning
country again ASAP, to use as a counterweight against the Russians. If
the US hadn't propped up occupied Japan, the Russians would have, and
that simply would not do. Rather than start from scratch, General Doug
simply co-opted the organizations and CEOs that were already in place
supporting the war effort. Same reason he left the Emperor in place, to
keep the general population from freaking. All this was in spite of a
lot of public sentiment back home to deindustrialize Japan and leave
them with nothing but farming and fishing. (Not to mention the ones that
wanted to lay waste to the whole country, just on general principals. It
wasn't like Europe, where most of the rich and powerful people could
trace their ancestry to.)
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