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Explain the failure of the Japanese armed forces to consolidate their position after the fall of Singapore.

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Explain the failure of the Japanese armed forces to consolidate their position after the fall of Singapore.

The Japanese armed forces failed to consolidate their position after the fall of Singapore on the 15 February 1942, due to the deterioration of the Japanese homefront and the downward spiral of the Japanese military. The Japanese economic, social and political condition on the homefront could not support nor sustain the Japanese armed forced over a long period of time. The division of the armed forces between the navy and army contributed to their failure. The ever-continuing war with China was also draining Japan of its resources. In the end Japan had lost the battle at sea, the battle in the air, and the battle of intelligence. It just could not withstand the superior US and Allied tactics, weaponry and technology.

The Japanese homefront, though heroically fighting and working till the very end, was no match to the superior US economy and industry. Japan just could not compete with the US in producing war materials for their armed forces. Although Japan's victories in 1941-1942 gave it access to raw materials, such as oil, rubber and rice, they could

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