Thursday, August 15, 2013

Papers that pushed for Pacific War revisited | The Japan Times

The key was lost and the safe remained locked for 22 years after the 1989 death of its owner, former Lt. Gen. Teiichi Suzuki of the Imperial Japanese Army, who had been the last surviving Class-A war criminal of World War II.

Suzuki, who died at the age of 100 in Shibayama, Chiba Prefecture, was among key Cabinet members when Japan started the Pacific War with the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Two years ago, Suzuki’s relatives had NHK open the safe. Inside were diaries, notebooks and other documents, including a 16-page typed manuscript that the general had read out in front of Emperor Hirohito and national leaders at an Imperial Conference on Nov. 5, 1941, to detail Japan’s logistical strengths.

Suzuki, who headed the Planning Board, a government body in charge of allocating resources for the army, navy and civilians, concluded that Japan, which was already at war in China, would be able to still wage war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands.

This conclusion may have helped seal the fate of Japan as well as that of millions of victims of the Pacific War.

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Comment: He was considered one of the greatest leaders of his time and yet he got it all wrong. Today we have another generation of whiz kids telling us what to do and where is it taking us, down the same path we trod almost 70 years ago. It's the same old story again and again all the way back to the Peloponnesian War. As my old football coach used to scream at us, "How many more times do we have to keep running this same play till we get it right?" Put another way, "The only thing we seem to learn from history is that we learn nothing from history!"

Wars only kill people and destroy things. Only difference, this time it will very likely be a global thermonuclear war and this war will very likely kill everyone and destroy all things, including the papers that could have told the future generations (that won't exist) where we went so wrong...

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