Emperor Showa Speaks: The Path to War

Part 2 (1937–1941)

Soon after Japan’s defeat, Emperor Showa spoke at great length about the path to the Pacific War. This discussion was recorded in the Haietsuki (Records of Imperial Audiences) by Tajima Michiji, the grand steward of the Imperial Household Agency. The emperor spoke of his remorse over the inability to restrain the Japanese military during a time of international upheaval. In addition, the journals of the emperor’s grand chamberlain Hyakutake Saburo were made public in September 2021. In...
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  • program length: 50 minutes
  • episode #102

Saturday, January 15 at 6:10 am on 12.4

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