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To: sinanju
He tried to shoot himself in the heart because he didn’t want to mess up his profile.

I remember reading that when firearms became an accepted weapon with which to commit suicide in Japan, the proper/honorable way to employ a firearm for that use was to shoot oneself in the heart--not in the head.

If true, then Tojo was attempting to follow a code of conduct, not trying to spare his profile.

32 posted on 08/12/2008 6:38:36 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Age of Reason

I noticed that in TV’s “Letters from Iwo Jima” the Japanese commander shoots himself in the chest with the .45 Colt given to him by American colleagues in happier times. I stand corrected about a head shot.

But I recall now a WWII photo of a Jap soldier who committed suicide with his rifle thus: “he removed his boot, stuck his big toe in the trigger guard, and fired the bullet into his chest”.

C’est la guerre......


54 posted on 08/13/2008 3:08:28 AM PDT by elcid1970 (My cartridges are dipped in pig grease)
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