I'm going to show my ignorance on this with these two questions. How would he get home sooner that way? Wouldn't there be occupation duty in Japan as well? Would the allied soliders in NW Europe destined for Japan have been shipped across the Atlantic and then go by trains to the west coast of North America? He might have been home to Canada then, but it would be a short leave, if any, I would think. The US troops were transited through the States for a leave before going to the West Coast for embarkation for the training sites. I presume the Canadians did the same thing.