A newly released memo by a wartime Japanese official provides what a historian says is the first look at the thinking of Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the U.S. into World War II.
by Francis Pike
He wasn't forced into war. He wasn't a peace-loving scientist. He knew about the Rape of Nanking -- and more.
SOURCE: South China Morning Post
Hirohito warned against a “reckless war” that would make him feel “deeply sorry for my imperial ancestors.”
SOURCE: The Wilson Quarterly
by Shihoko Goto
Hirohito's descendants remain committed to Japan's traditional values, which desperately need reform.
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