Japan & Military Leaders During WWII

by. Braxton Flowers and Hannah Hyland 2nd

- Hirohito was the emperor of Japan from late the 1920's to his death in 1989.

- He was born in Tokyo's Aoyanma Palace

- Hirohito was the longest remaining monarch of Japan

- He was born April 29, 1901

- During this fighting the Emperor allowed his soldiers to use poison gas, which had been banned since World War I.

- He authorized the use of toxic gas on 375 separate occasions.

- Hirohito was the 124th Emperor of Japan

- He was installed as Crown Prince at age 15

- The first part of Hirohito's reign took place against a background of financial crisis and increasing military power within the government, through both legal and extralegal means.

- His formal name was Emperor Shōwa

- He died of cancer on January 7, 1989

- He Succeeded by Emperor Akihito

- Hideki Tojo was the Army general and prime minister who led Japan through much of World War II and was later executed as a war crimial

-Hideki Tōjō was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Taisei Yokusankai, and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan during most of World War II, from October 17, 1941 to July 22, 1944.

- "Despite Japan's desires and efforts, unfortunate differences in the ways that Japan, England, the United States, and China understood circumstances, together with misunderstandings of attitudes, made it impossible for the parties to agree" Hideki Tōjō.

- Hideki Tojo was born in 1884 and died in 1948.

- Yukio Mishima is remembered for his ritual suicide by seppuku after a failed coup d'état attempt, also known as the Mishima Incident.

- Yukio Mishima was also known for his novels.

- He was nominated for the Noble Prize of Liturature three times.

- On September 27, 1940, ostensibly under Hirohito's leadership, Japan formed Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany.

- Over 1,000 Japanese civilians committed suicide in the last days of the battle to take the offered privileged place in the afterlife, some jumping from "Suicide Cliff" and "Banzai Cliff".

- Japan lost a critical battle at Midway, near Hawaii, and never regained its earlier momentum.

- The Empire of Japan aimed to dominate East Asia and was already at war with the Republic of China in 1937

- In early 1945, in the wake of the losses in Battle of Leyte, Emperor Hirohito began a series of individual meetings with senior government officials to consider the progress of the war.

- On June 22, the Emperor met with his ministers, saying "I desire that concrete plans to end the war, unhampered by existing policy, be speedily studied and that efforts be made to implement them."

- The Emperor thought that use of an atomic bomb would bring about the extermination of mankind.

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