Hello everyone. I am a newcomer here, but have many years of fascination and interest in this subject. This is my first post, so I do apologise in advance if this is posted in the wrong place, or anything else about my post is inappropriate! please let me know if this is the case! My question (I'm surer this is not the first time it has been asked!!) is: It has long puzzled me, why did the United States NOT choose Tokyo as a target for an early A-bomb? Now obviously, initially the USA was keen to 1) test the devices on "virgin" (near-untouched) cities, to determine their yield and destructive power. This would have been very hard to do, if dropped on a city that was already half-flattened from previous raids; 2) show the world (or mainly, the USSR) just what an awesome new weapon it now possessed, as the early signs of a possible 'cold war' were already simmering. Again, far best demonstrated on a 'virgin' city. But, after the first one or two devices were dropped, with such "success", why not go for Tokyo, with the intent also of "decapitating" the regime (to use a much more recent phrase!), as well as to show the people of Japan that even their apparently immortal, God-like Emperor was at the mercy of America's new terrible weapon? it makes a whole lot of sense to me. I realise, of course, that the war ended soon after Nagasaki, but nowhere (at least that I have seen) is the idea of hitting Tokyo even mentioned. It does not even appear on any target lists for later devices?! Am I the only one to think this? Kentblke (from London, England).