By Kazuo Yagami

ISBN-10: 0786422424

ISBN-13: 9780786422425

The blame for a country’s errors usually falls on its leaders. every now and then, besides the fact that, a leader’s maximum mistake is to advertise the unsuitable targets of his humans. used to be this the case in international battle II Japan? This publication considers that question within the tale of Konoe Fumimaro, who served as Japan’s leading minister in the course of probably the most tough classes of the country’s historical past. This historic biography is a balanced account of Konoe and his provider as best minister earlier than and through international warfare II. Governing from 1937 to 1941, Konoe performed a key function within the fight to enhance jap international coverage. starting with Konoe’s schooling and political education, the writer then explores the final temper of Thirties Japan and strains Konoe’s upward push during the political ranks, together with his first time period as leading minister, his determination to step down, and his eventual comeback. specifically emphasised is how the fellow himself affected this era of jap background. In his relentless paintings concerning Japanese-American international relations, he tried to alter the damaging path on which Japan used to be bent. Defeated in essence through his personal army and its becoming autonomy, Konoe however took the japanese defeat to middle. the ultimate bankruptcy examines Konoe’s struggle adventure and its aftermath, which culminated in his suicide.

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With­ out havi ng any clear idea about what would follow after the rebellion, the rebels put their hopes i n their expectation that the army leaders and, most importantly, the Emperor would support their cause . Their expected out­ come did not come to fru ition . Ini tially, War M i n ister Kawashima showed his sympathy toward the rebels. Also, General Araki and General Mazaki n a t ura l l y d id not wa nt the 2-Konoe and Turbulence of the 1930s 35 government to take any m ilitary action to suppress the rebellion.

8 This article clearly expresses Konoe's position , stating that the Manchurian Incident was justifiable and the result of the unfairly struc­ tured world political and econom ic systems. Therefore, it was not only inevitable and indispensable for Japan but also should be commended as a positive action for the sake of changing the current world structure to ach ieve true peace. Alth ough it may sound naive and l ike self-justification, Konoe truly believed that i n order to rectify the world's unfair structure, expelling Western imperialism from China and Asia as a whole was a first and essential step.

Konoe argued that the February Twenty-six I ncident ended this r ivalry, opening up a way for the Tosei-ha to satisfy the desire of moving southward . 34 He argued that, prior to the February Twenty-six I ncident, Japanese politics and society in general were inundated with "Japanism . " It was the general perception that it was the Kodo-ha, led by Generals Araki and Mazaki, who placed the m ilitary and the entire nation on the wrong path . So, b y clearing away the Kodo- ha after the February Twenty-six I ncident, the Tosei-ha was applauded by the nation as well as the foreign powers .

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