Konoe Fumimaro and the failure of peace in Japan, 1937-1941: by Kazuo Yagami

By Kazuo Yagami

The blame for a country’s blunders usually falls on its leaders. in certain cases, although, a leader’s maximum mistake is to advertise the wrong ambitions of his humans. was once this the case in international warfare II Japan? This booklet considers that question within the tale of Konoe Fumimaro, who served as Japan’s best minister in the course of the most tricky classes of the country’s background. This historic biography is a balanced account of Konoe and his provider as best minister prior to and through international warfare II. Governing from 1937 to 1941, Konoe performed a key position within the fight to boost jap international coverage. starting with Konoe’s schooling and political education, the writer then explores the final temper of Thirties Japan and strains Konoe’s upward thrust in the course of the political ranks, together with his first time period as top minister, his choice to step down, and his eventual comeback. in particular emphasised is how the fellow himself affected this era of jap background. In his relentless paintings relating to Japanese-American international relations, he tried to alter the harmful path on which Japan used to be bent. Defeated in essence via his personal army and its transforming into autonomy, Konoe however took the japanese defeat to middle. the ultimate bankruptcy examines Konoe’s battle event and its aftermath, which culminated in his suicide.

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I f l am consulted, however, I cannot agree to choose someone i n whom I have no faith . A choice has to be made in a reasonable manner. "47 Under Saionj i's recommendation , the I mperial O rder came to Konoe once again. Even to Konoe, it was out of the question to turn it down this time . I n June 1937, rather reluctantly, Konoe accepted the Imperial Order. Thus, at the age of forty-six he embarked on his quest for the salvation of a deeply divided and troubled nation . 3 Konoe's Fir st Cabinet When Konoe accepted the Imperial Order to become Prime M i nis­ ter, he was at the prime of h is life .

It was designed to kill Prime M i nister I n ukai and the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Makino Nobuaki , who pledged to fulfill the Emperor's wish to sup­ press the Kwantung Army in order to achieve a prompt and peaceful solu­ tion to the Manchurian I ncident . I n addition t o the assassi nation of I nukai and Makino, the plotters planned to attack the Seiyukai headquarters, the M itsubishi Ban k , the police headquarters, and various electrical power plants. They failed i n all but one of their goals- the assassi nation of I nuka i .

On March 4, 1936, Saionji met with Konoe. During the meeting, which lasted nearly two hours, Saionji gave the reason why Konoe ought to be the next Prime Minister. 35 At first, Saionj i had been rather reluctant to recom mend Konoe. He knew the enorm ity of the hardsh ip Konoe would face . Saionj i wanted Konoe to be i n charge when the time was cal m , not at this most unstable and unpredictable moment . Saionj i came to the realization, however, as many people did, that Konoe was perhaps the only political figure who might be able to put Japan on the right track.

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