Japanese Leaders

It was one of the most renowned and notorious military operations of all time. Learn about the Japanese leaders such as Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and Captain Minoru Genda who influenced a lasting transformation in the international conflict.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

August 18, 2013 · Randy Miller
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the key strategist of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although he had serious reservations about a war with the United States, as Admiral he had a responsibility.  The air raid of Pearl Harbor was his idea. The Pearl Harbor attack was considered tactically brilliant, while at the same time strategically foolish. The strategy […]
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Chuichi Nagumo, Vice Admiral IJN

August 18, 2013 · Randy Miller
Despite the fact that he was opposed to the attack on Pearl harbor, Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo was in command of the carrier-centered Mobile Force (Kido Butai). The task force was made up of 6 carriers, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, and 9 destroyers. His forces were split into three carrier commands: Nagumo: carriers Akagi and […]
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Mitsuo Fuchida, Japanese Commander at Pearl Harbor

March 18, 2013 · Randy Miller
Commander Mitsuo Fuchida led the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the pilot who famously sent the signal Tora, Tora, Tora, the code words that they had achieved complete surprise. As a child during the victory over Russia, Commander Mitsuo Fuchida developed strong aspirations to be in the Japanese Navy. He entered the […]
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Emperor Hirohito

September 18, 2012 · Randy Miller
On Christmas Day 1926 Prince Hirohito became Emperor of Japan. He was 25 years old and reigned as the 124th Emperor. Hirohito chose the name "Showa", meaning "enlightened peace", to be remembered by. He was considered a pacifist, however, at the same time he encouraged the role of the Japanese military. In an important meeting […]
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