The senior commanders said they couldn't go against the emperor, so they would have to commit suicide to get out of the younger commanders way. That night they had a large gathering to ‘celebrate’ the death of the senior commanders. Too much was drunk and things didn't end till morning. They rushed to the Emperor's palace and surrounded - no radio address today.
What they didn't know was that it had previously been decided that the Emperor might not be able to get through reading such a document. It was decided to record the message and play it back over the radio (I don't know if the device was actually a ‘tape’ recorder, it may have used wire as many did back then).
When the radical commanders surrounding the palace heard the Emperor's voice over the radio, they knew they were sunk and committed suicide themselves. I always thought it was funny that people marveled at how good the Japaneses became at building consumer electronics. Hell, without them their country would have probably been bombed into the stone age - although it might have taken a little longer as we had already dropped the only two atomic bombs we had on them.
Sounds like the American newspaper business.
Wow, thanks for the info.
Didn’t know about the Emperor’s recording.
The Bushido Japanese have a lot in common with the Mohamedans: Fight to the death; brutalize and randomly murder citizens of occupied lands; torture, maim, and summarily execute prisoners.
If we needed more atomic bombs, I’m certain that they wouldn’t be long in coming, since the proof of concept had been demonstrated three times with two different nuclear fission technologies.
Too bad we don’t have what it takes to do the same to the Mohammedan savages.