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General (Tojo)'s heir fights for his memory
Aljazeera English Web Site ^ | Thursday 28 July 2005, 0:48 Makka Time, 21:48 GMT | Julian Ryall, Yuko Tojo

Posted on 08/01/2005 11:39:02 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon

The granddaughter of an infamous Japanese general, hanged at the end of the second world war, is calling for people to reassess their image of him.

Yuko Tojo, who works for a project recovering the remains of Japanese soldiers killed in action, recalls the general as a gentle man who stood up for Japan and protected the emperor Hirohito. This view is in stark contrast to the common image of a man demonised as the perpetrator of the Pearl Harbour attack.

Her position comes amid increasing tensions between China and Japan over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's attendance at the Yasukuni shrine and over what is seen as renewed Japanese imperialism.

Although recollections of her grandfather may have faded in the 60 years since the end of the war, Tojo says he deserves to be remembered fondly and with respect. It is a view that is gathering support.

Tojo says her grandfather, General Hideki Tojo, has become unfairly associated with war crimes trials that, she says, were simply victors' justice. She says he is vilified as the prime minister who authorised the attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941, as well as Japan's subsequent invasions and occupations of large parts of Asia.

Embargo

"The tribunals after the war went against international law because it is clear that any independent country has the right to defend itself through military means," says Yuko Tojo, 66, who is married but retains the family name.

"It was a war of self-defence," she says. "Japan was being held back by the ABCD line of America, Britain, China and the Dutch, who had together imposed an economic embargo, so there was no choice.

"The country felt threatened. General Douglas MacArthur admitted as much in May 1951, when he said Japan was defending itself.

"Now it is really only the Chinese who continue to bring up the war," she says.

"China has made a lot of noise and the 60th anniversary of the end of the war is a turning point in a person's life and a nation's existence.

"People are now watching Prime Minister Koizumi to see whether he will visit Yasukuni Shrine and I think it's time for me to speak up because I am a part of this."

Keep quiet

Tojo is breaking a six-decade silence that General Tojo requested of his family shortly before he was executed in December 1948.

He had been found guilty of war crimes - including waging wars of aggression and permitting inhumane treatment of prisoners of war - by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and insisted on shouldering the nation's blame.

"My grandfather said the responsibility rested entirely with him," she said. "The devastation of the cities and the problems of the people were down to him, and the emperor bore no responsibility at all."

And while she accepts that it was inevitable he would be sentenced to hang, as the leader of a defeated Japan, she said that by accepting his fate he was doing what was best for the country.

"He did the only thing that was possible in that situation; the war-time leaders did not want the emperor to be held accountable and were happy to sacrifice themselves to achieve that."

Repatriation

Tojo has a portrait of her grandfather, in his military uniform, on the wall of The Environment Solution Institute, a non-profit organisation that recovers the remains of Japanese soldiers killed in battle.

Volunteers from the organisation are planning to return to the Pacific island of Peleliu later this year to excavate a trench where it is believed 10 soldiers and their effects were buried after one of the fiercest battles of the war. An estimated 15,000 men died during the American invasion of September 1944, and Tojo believes it is her duty to repatriate as many of the Japanese remains as possible.

"In the same way as the Americans are still searching for their casualties from the war, we feel we should do everything we can to return these men to Japan," she says.

Any bones that are discovered will be cremated and taken back to Japan, where they will be interred at Tokyo's Chidorigafuji war memorial.

"You find bodies that are still wearing their helmets, their belts and glasses"

Yuko Tojo "You find bodies that are still wearing their helmets, their belts and glasses," she said. "They still have hand grenades attached to their belts, so we have to go with explosives experts to make sure that none of our own team are injured, and even though it can take a long time, it is important that we do this work.

"This is really something that the government should be doing, but they haven't been to Peleliu for more than 15 years," she says. "These men are their responsibility, but they are lazy.

"We give out development aid all over the world, but we won't take care of our own. It's a disgrace. They have no respect for any of the men who died for Japan during the war."

An estimated 7000 Japanese soldiers are still unaccounted for on the island, and Tojo believes it will take at least another five years to recover the majority, including sailors whose ships were sunk offshore. And when that task is completed, there are plenty of other islands across the Pacific where Japan's soldiers are waiting to be found.

Approval

Her grandfather would have approved of her work, she believes.

"He was an extremely gentle and caring man, especially when it came to people who had little or no power, like the maids and drivers that we had," she says.

"He had a real empathy with them and always made sure they were included in our family photographs because he considered them part of the family.

"I have very few memories of him during the war," says Tojo, who was born in 1939.

"Although I do remember trying to stay awake to see him one evening, and because I had ice cream, but after he was arrested I never saw him again."

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is criticised for visiting the shrine The only memorial to a man who resigned after the loss of Saipan in July 1944, but recommended in April the following year that Japan continue to fight to the end, is at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine. And the presence of General Tojo and 13 other Class-A war criminals among the 2.5 million war dead is what raises hackles in China, South Korea and other countries whose populations were subjugated in the early decades of the past century.

"I go to Yasukuni several times a year, not just to pray for the soul of my grandfather, but also for all the other people who died," says Tojo.

"I pray for the children who were killed in the bombings, for the nurses and the civilians. I go to apologise to all the people who were victims and for the problems concerning the shrine that continue to flare up today.

"There are a lot of misunderstandings about Yasukuni, but the issue is purely a domestic one and should not be turned into a matter involving other countries," she says, adding that Koizumi is duty-bound to visit the Shinto shrine, whatever Beijing or Seoul might say.

"When Mr Koizumi became prime minister, he took a vow to pay his respects at Yasukuni," she says. "He must honour that vow, and I believe that he will. I think he will visit the shrine in either July or October, when it holds special ceremonies, and I actually think that he should go more than once this year because it is the anniversary of the end of the war."

She is also dismissive of the objections such visits will inevitably attract.

"It is just a very small portion of China that protests at these visits," she says. "If you asked most people there what Yasukuni was, they would not know, but it is sensationalised by the media.

Funding

"Japan has given huge amounts of aid to China, but their leaders don't tell the people that," she says. "Their bridges, roads, schools, ports and buildings are built with Japanese aid, which has freed up money for their nuclear and space programmes. If Chinese people knew that, they would not be rioting against Japan.

Tojo says Chinese leaders are not giving people the full picture "The Chinese government should tell the people the truth, but it won't because that's the kind of country it is; Beijing doesn't want to admit that other people are helping it out."

And while she fears there may be confrontations between the left and right around Yasukuni Shrine on 15 August, the day old soldiers and relatives of the dead gather to pay their respects, she remains determined to go.

"Of course I will go, although I won't be able to announce who I am as I could become a target," she says. "I believe that if my grandfather could talk to me from the afterlife, he would say that his greatest grief is that his presence at Yasukuni is stopping the emperor from visiting the shrine.

"He would feel sad that he is standing in the emperor's way."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Japan
KEYWORDS: tojo; wwii
Why am I not surprised that Aljazeera would back the idea that the WWII Japanese Terrorists were simply "defending" themselves.
1 posted on 08/01/2005 11:39:03 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon
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To: Jeff Gordon

She'd better hire a heck of a PR firm.


2 posted on 08/01/2005 11:41:55 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Jeff Gordon

I was thinking just today of the similarity of militaristic Japan and fascist Islam. Both sacrificed their young people in suicide for a pseudo-religion.

The Japanese fought to the death until they ran into the bomb. My uncle was in a POW camp, he said when he was captured the commander said they would be "Enemies forever" and he was only interested in how many Americans died.

One of the reasons the US is in such trouble is we have dumbed down our history, and don't teach it to our kids. Defeating the Islamofascists will require the same commitment that WWII did.


3 posted on 08/01/2005 11:46:03 AM PDT by I still care (America is not the problem - it is the solution..)
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To: Jeff Gordon
The granddaughter of an infamous Japanese general, hanged at the end of the second world war, is calling for people to reassess their image of him.

Well, she could try building a library in Little Rock. (Or is that Rittle Lock?)

4 posted on 08/01/2005 11:48:50 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: Jeff Gordon

"Why am I not surprised that Aljazeera would back the idea that the WWII Japanese Terrorists were simply "defending" themselves."

Yeah, defending themselves, by chopping off the heads of their prisoners.


5 posted on 08/01/2005 11:50:05 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: I still care

What worries me most are the parallels between China now and Japan in the thirties. The same expansionist aggressiveness on the one hand and the same complacency on the other.


6 posted on 08/01/2005 11:50:40 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: namsman

Ping!!!


7 posted on 08/01/2005 11:51:15 AM PDT by SW6906
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To: Jeff Gordon
"It was a war of self-defence," she says. "Japan was being held back by the ABCD line of America, Britain, China and the Dutch, who had together imposed an economic embargo, so there was no choice.

Japan had been building up it's military for several decades prior to Pearl Harbor. I don't think it was a war of self-defense.

8 posted on 08/01/2005 11:53:03 AM PDT by Born Conservative ("If not us, who? And if not now, when? - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jeff Gordon
Is this woman ignoring the army was in-charge of chemical weapons testing that was done on LIVE prisoners during the war? A fact that Japan itself has barely acknowledged?

Tojo was a bastard and is getting his just desserts, burning in HELL!
9 posted on 08/01/2005 11:57:18 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Bumper sticker "Martyrs or Marines: Who do YOU think will get the virgins?")
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To: Jeff Gordon
I actually met Hideki Tojo's SON in Tokyo once.

He was an executive of Mitsubishi Motors at the time. One of the few Freepers I imagine who saw Emperor Hirohito as well, live, on about five different occasions, and also met his son.

Nice smiling people; you'd never know their policies or those of their relatives were responsible for so much human misery in our modern history.

10 posted on 08/01/2005 11:59:15 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: Jeff Gordon

She's right, but for the wrong reason. Tojo wasn't one of the war planners and Hirohito was. Tojo "took one for the Emperor" as he was obligated to under Bushido. We didn't try Hirohito because we wanted a nice stable government for occupation, and because he really was being held prisoner by radical officers who wanted to prolong the war. But he was many times more guilty than Tojo.


11 posted on 08/01/2005 12:00:05 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Jeff Gordon

What a spin doctor this Mrs. Tojo! Nevertheless, I don't think that's too reprehensible, especially if we take into consideration that Japan is now a mature and well-established democracy. Unlike China. Let's not worry about an old lady's revisionism, shall we? Let's worry about China.


12 posted on 08/01/2005 12:01:37 PM PDT by Kurt_D
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To: Jeff Gordon
The Japanese military under Tojo committed unspeakable horrors upon hundreds of thousands of British, Aussie,NZ, & American POW's, as well as millions of Chinese, Korean, Philippine & other nationalities. Islamofacists are EXACTLY like the Japanese in the 1st half of the 20th century in their sub humanistic attitude towards anyone outside their race, religion, or ideology.They will do the same horrific things as the Japanese or Nazis, submission to their ideology or not, if given the opportunity. Read "The Rape of Nanking" by Iris Chang.
13 posted on 08/01/2005 12:03:12 PM PDT by Apercu ("Res ipsa loquitor")
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To: Jeff Gordon

No Problemo Hang Him again. And why do we allow Aljazeera
to stay on the air?


14 posted on 08/01/2005 12:03:51 PM PDT by CAP811 (One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place)
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To: Jeff Gordon

Use the lessons learned.


15 posted on 08/01/2005 12:04:54 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Jeff Gordon

Why is it not surprising that Al Jazeera would speak well of a war criminal.


16 posted on 08/01/2005 12:10:13 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: I still care

While there are some similarities, these pukes don't measure up to the dedicated fanaticism Japan displayed during WW2.


17 posted on 08/01/2005 12:16:42 PM PDT by johnny7 (Racially-profiling since 1963)
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To: Jeff Gordon

This is what happens with cleansed history books.

This needs to be addressed. Start with the dissecting experiments on awake US soldiers, or BATTAN bayoneting anybody who couldn't keep up for 60 miles.


They are starting to get the itch,again.


18 posted on 08/01/2005 12:24:01 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (America is gradually becoming the Godless,out-of-control golden-calf scene,in "The Ten Commandments")
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To: Jeff Gordon

I'm torn on this one.

My first reaction to the article was that Hitler loved his dog too. Both Hitler & Tojo were leaders in their mass murder programs.

My second reaction was, maybe there is something to Al-Jiz's equating the Japanese in WW2 & the Islamics today. Both were murderous cults whose religious & cultural beliefs stressed that killing others was good. WW2 against Japan ended with two airplanes over Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Could Al-Jiz be recommending a similar solution today?


19 posted on 08/01/2005 12:26:39 PM PDT by Casekirchen (If allah is just another name for the Judeo-Christian God, why do the islamics pray to a rock?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I have some correspondence about her father, and would like to send copies to her.

After reading a couple of letters from a serviceman of how nicely he conducted himself in the hospital, I felt bad after I found on the net he had been hanged.

He may have done a lot of wrong, but I would like his daughter to have some comfort.

20 posted on 08/01/2005 12:31:33 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Billthedrill
I agree with you that Tojo took the hit for the Emperor, who should have been executed too.

But nobody's gonna buy her Tojo was just a big misunderstood teddy bear crap.

21 posted on 08/01/2005 12:36:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

>> She'd better hire a heck of a PR firm.

Maybe Alexandra Kerry will be interested.


22 posted on 08/01/2005 1:11:36 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Apercu

The death rate of U.S prisoners in Japanese hands far exceeded the death rate of American POWs in German hands. Then there's the beheadings, Unit 731, the forced labor under unspeakable conditions, the treatment of civilians. Tojo was the Prime Minister for all of that stuff. If not him, who? They should have hanged him twice!{ In the interest of full disclosure, the Japanese killed my uncle (Marine Recon), my Mom's only brother , on Guam in 1944, so, to a degree, it's personal.].


23 posted on 08/01/2005 1:12:39 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Jeff Gordon

Sounds like Ms. Tojo needs to read something besides World War II history books written in Japan.


24 posted on 08/01/2005 1:14:32 PM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: Aliska
I believe the Ms. Tojo referred to in this article, though, is Tojo Hideki's GRAND DAUGHTER, not daughter.

By the way, there is a blubbering, tear jerker of a movie out called "Dai Nippon Tei Koku", which came out in 1984 I believe, which has a scene in there of how wonderful "Dad" was to his children, in the last few days before he was hanged at Sugamo Prison.

25 posted on 08/01/2005 1:20:59 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: billnaz

A good start would be `The Rape of Nanking'. Tojo's army wrote the book on war atrocities. The Chinese are still ready to fight over what gramps & Co. did 60 years ago.


26 posted on 08/01/2005 1:26:00 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Tax-chick

later


27 posted on 08/01/2005 1:31:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Standing athwart history, shouting, "Turn those lights off! You think electricity grows on trees?")
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To: Born Conservative

"Japan was being held back by the ABCD line of America, Britain, China and the Dutch, who had together imposed an economic embargo, so there was no choice."

This sounds like the revisionist textbooks that whitewash what the Japanese animals did in Nanking.


28 posted on 08/01/2005 1:32:18 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Democrats are the party of the Morlocks)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

And hopefully 50 years after we kick the CRAP out of the Islamofascits fanatics and depose the tyrannical despots who support them we will be able to go to Iraq/Iran/Syria/ Afghanistan/Egypt, etc and wonder why such nice smiling polite people were responsible for so much human misery.



29 posted on 08/01/2005 1:36:41 PM PDT by Mylo ("Those without a sword should sell their cloak and buy one" Jesus of Nazareth)
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To: tumblindice
Well, here's what's left of Hideki (in Tokyo):


30 posted on 08/01/2005 1:37:35 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: Jeff Gordon
"It was a war of self-defence," she says. "Japan was being held back by the ABCD line of America, Britain, China and the Dutch, who had together imposed an economic embargo, so there was no choice.

Gee, beotch, ya' think that there might be reasons for the economic embargo...you know, a couple little things like the invasion of China and the killing or murder of millions of its people, for example, or the plans to use China's resources to go after the rest of Asia?

Notice, beotch, that the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere which your butcher grandfather couldn't achieve by killing millions of Japanese, Americans, Brits, Phillipinos, etc. was easily accomplished by a non-aggressive Japan in a few short years. No one is embargoing oil, steel, etc. now...maybe 'cuz they aren't worried about being invaded by a bunch of sadistic thugs with guns & bombs.

31 posted on 08/01/2005 1:37:36 PM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Jeff Gordon
Zôshigaya Cemetery: Photographs of headstones in Zôshigaya Cemetery. Located in Tokyo's Toshima Ward, the cemetery (address: 4-25-1 Minami Ikebukuro) can be reached on foot from either Ikebukuro Station (about 20 minutes) or Higashi Ikebukuro subway station (Yûrakuchô Line, about 7 minutes). A far more interesting option is to take the Arakawa Line streetcar directly to Zôshigaya Station (transfer from JR's Ôtsuka Station). Tokyo assumed administrative control over the cemetery in 1874 and gave it its current official name (Zôshigaya Ryôen) in 1935. The transfer of rights to burial plots has been prohibited since 1962. A detailed map (in Japanese only) with names and locations of the most visited graves is available from the cemetery's administrative office for a reasonable "donation" of 100 yen. Iwano Hômei Izumi Kyôka Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) Nagai Kafû Nakahama Manjirô (John Manjirô) Narushima Ryûhoku Natsume Sôseki Shimamura Hôgetsu Takehisa Yumeji Tôjô Hideki
32 posted on 08/01/2005 1:40:01 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: Mylo

Sheesh, the way we fight the PC-steeped war on terrorism, at times I wonder if we will ever kick the CRAP out of them, for good, so that they are under our feet for generations--which is what I'd like.


33 posted on 08/01/2005 1:41:33 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Not under our feet. If we put the Japanese under our feet for generations do you think they would love America, American culture, and American products?

Just free. Free to vote. Free to live. Free to buy American products!


34 posted on 08/01/2005 1:45:19 PM PDT by Mylo ("Those without a sword should sell their cloak and buy one" Jesus of Nazareth)
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To: Jeff Gordon
General Tojo should be reminded to people for the evil he has committed.
35 posted on 08/01/2005 1:45:25 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: colorado tanker
I agree with you that Tojo took the hit for the Emperor, who should have been executed too. But nobody's gonna buy her Tojo was just a big misunderstood teddy bear crap.

You said it better than I did. Tojo wasn't PM yet when the Rape of Nanking went down but there was enough other nasty stuff on his watch to justify a noose, IMHO.

HERE is a very interesting (if a bit dated) study of who really got Japan into WWII and why. It isn't quite what Ms Tojo thinks.

36 posted on 08/01/2005 1:47:18 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Mylo

Fine. Whatever.


37 posted on 08/01/2005 1:50:27 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: Jeff Gordon

First Mussolini's granddaughter, now Tojo's. Good thing Hitler never had any kids, or we'd be hearing from them too!


38 posted on 08/01/2005 2:26:56 PM PDT by Mountain Troll
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To: Jeff Gordon
Well, she's family, what else is she going to say?

There's any number of films portraying the brutality of the Japanese to our POW's. That's the main reason why her granddaddy was executed.

39 posted on 08/01/2005 2:32:51 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Casekirchen
Well, it can be said that Tojo went to the gallows bravely and with dignity, unlike Hitler and his wench. Nonetheless, he deserved it.

At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, it is worth recalling the status of the so-called ABCD alliance:

America-- still strongly isolationist despite providence of war material to Britian, Russia and, to a lesser extent, China.
Britain-- hardly capable of launching an offensive, having barely survived Germany's onslaught tge year before.
China-- Engaged in a civil war of their own, temporarily on-hold due to the Japanese invasion.
Dutch -- An impotent little country under nazi occupation barely able to govern Indonesia.

Japan had the choice of turning northward (Russia) for its oil resources. Since dictators trust each other more than they do free countries, however, the choice was made to enter a non-agression pact with the Russians prior to launching the attack on Pearl Harbor-- the exact same M.O. Hitler followed prior to attacking Poland.

Naziism, Facism and Communism are all movements of the left. They disagree on little but methodology.

40 posted on 08/01/2005 3:21:01 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Tojo says her grandfather, General Hideki Tojo, has become unfairly associated with war crimes trials that, she says, were simply victors' justice..."The tribunals after the war went against international law because it is clear that any independent country has the right to defend itself through military means," says Yuko Tojo, 66, who is married but retains the family name. "It was a war of self-defence," she says. "Japan was being held back by the ABCD line of America, Britain, China and the Dutch, who had together imposed an economic embargo, so there was no choice.

This is his GRANDAUGHTER. But there are plenty of folks here who allege that Japan is completely free of this kind of thinking and any such beliefs are merely a noisy minority of old men waiting to die.

Yet Koizumi keeps going to the Yazukuni shrine every year. And the national museum next to it still claims WWII was a war of defense, and that the Rape of Nanking was 'defending the city.' Is he doing this to make a few old men happy, or a significant number of Japanese voters?

I'm sorry, but every time I hear someone here say we should give the Japanese their own defense and give them the bomb, I shudder, considering what they did at their worst. Even the Nazis didn't treat EVERY prisoner who came under their control as a subhuman. That doesn't make the Nazis fine people, but geez, at least the Nazis are still vilified on TV and in movies every day...while Tom Cruise makes movies about the Last Samurai as if the "last samurais" didn't go off and decapitate and disembowel American POWs, and we see nothing but Karate Kid and Anime when it comes to pop culture references about Japan.

I worry about China, too, but a rearmed Japan will be just as unpredictable and probably just as dangerous as China is today.

41 posted on 08/01/2005 5:46:27 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (Kelo, Grutter, Raich and Roe-all them gotta go. Roberts on+2 liberals off=let's start the show!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; All

OMG you met Emperor Hitrito hey AIT what he really like in person really like at that time he must be doting grandpa LOL!


42 posted on 08/01/2005 10:01:26 PM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in, it for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Leatherneck_MT

Ping.

Leatherneck: Article mentions Peleliu. If ya can post a pic or two I sent ya, that would be great. I don't have the capacity to do it.

My son went to Peleliu last year for the 60th anniversary and Ms. Tojo was there too. She spoke breifly. What surprised my son was how some of the vets who managed to leave the island of Peleliu in 1944 alive, held no hard feelings against her grandfather. Odd.


43 posted on 08/01/2005 10:10:17 PM PDT by KimmyJaye (Susan Estrich: A face for radio and a voice for pantomime.)
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To: Kurt_D
Let's worry about China.

Indeed let's worry about China.

The recently industrialized Japan attacked Pearl Harbor when we got in the way of Japan getting oil.

In a few more years China's huge population will be needing an awful lot of oil.

44 posted on 08/01/2005 10:24:25 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Jeff Gordon; A. Pole
Japan was being held back by the ABCD line of America, Britain, China and the Dutch, who had together imposed an economic embargo, so there was no choice.

Held back from what--attack and conquest of their neighboring countries?

Everyone (especially free traders) should remember that Japan was a medieval country that didn't cause any trouble until we got them to trade with us.

45 posted on 08/01/2005 10:31:33 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Vigilanteman
Naziism, Facism and Communism are all movements of the left. They disagree on little but methodology.

And, most importantly, which one of them was going to be the top dog.

46 posted on 08/01/2005 10:49:00 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: SevenofNine

Well, actually...Never 'met' the man, just saw him--fairly close--several times at Imperial Palace events in Tokyo, etc. Very frail old man. Lots of sins to account for no doubt.


47 posted on 08/02/2005 7:17:23 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; All

Yeah at end of his life Emperor Hiterio look very frial he has lots to answer for


48 posted on 08/02/2005 8:57:45 AM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in, it for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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