Japanese Leaders

The Ceremony Marking the End of World War II

By: Mark Loproto

September 2, 1945. More than two weeks had passed since the Japanese laid down their arms and declared they would no longer fight the Allies in the Pacific. The United... Read More

The Secret Japanese Plan for Biological Warfare

By: Mark Loproto

As World War II started to draw to its inevitable conclusion, the Japanese became increasingly desperate. Japan, which had had been suffering crippling defeats, wasn't about to go down without... Read More

Tojo’s Teeth: A Dentist’s Revenge

By: Mark Loproto

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the devastating war that followed, many Americans wanted revenge, and some got in the most unexpected ways. One of the oddest might... Read More

The Misplaced Confidence of Hideki Tojo

By: Mark Loproto

Japanese Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo hadn’t even seen the results of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor when he started to declare Japan’s ability to defeat the... Read More

The Man Who Ordered Pearl Harbor: Hideki Tojo

By: Mark Loproto

Hideki Tojo was born on December 30th, 1884. His father was Hidenori Tojo, a well-respected officer in the Imperial Japanese Army. Tojo received a typical education for Japanese young men of... Read More

Shigekazu Shimazaki: Leading the Second Wave

By: Mark Loproto

In September of 1941, 33-year-old Lt. Cmdr. Shigekazu Shimazaki was assigned to be the equipping officer of the aircraft carrier Zuikaku, which had been commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy... Read More

Was the Attack on Pearl Harbor Illegal?

By: Mark Loproto

Causing the deaths of 2,403 individuals would in most cases be considered illegal without question. In times of war, however, the rules can be a bit murkier. In the Pacific... Read More

The Long and Eventful Reign of Hirohito

By: Mark Loproto

To many in the Japanese leadership in 1941, there appeared to be only one way to get the United States to back off and allow their expansion across Chinese territories:... Read More

The Japanese General Who Opposed Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

When the decision to attack the naval base at Pearl Harbor was brought to the table in response to the American involvement in what Japan considered its Pacific affairs, it’s... Read More

Pearl Harbor: Terms and People to Know

By: Mark Loproto

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor remains one of the most important events in American history. The horrific loss of life and the sinking of vital American ships on the... Read More

The Fate of the Japanese Officers Behind Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

The attack on Pearl Harbor wasn’t some last-minute plan that was thought up over the course of several hours. It was a complex, highly-orchestrated assault that took many months to... Read More

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Visit to Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Japan’s Pearl Harbor Visit On December 7th, 1941, Japanese bombers flew in to Pearl Harbor, dropping bombs, torpedoes, and machine gun fire on unsuspecting American servicemen and citizens, marking a... Read More

Emperor Hirohito Radio Address on August 15, 1945

By: Bruce D.

The following is a translation of Emperor Hirohito's radio address from August 15, 1945 accepting the Allies terms of surrender. The language that he spoke in was very difficult for... Read More