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Hideki Tojo (born as Hideki Tōjō in Hamachi district of Tokyo, Empire of Japan, died in Tokyo, occupied Japan) was a famous Soldier from Japan, who lived between December 30, 1884 and December 23, 1948. He became 63 years old.

Biography

Hideki Tojo was a Japanese general, a nationalist strategist and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan. He was Prime Minister of Japan for most of World War II, from 18 October 1941 to 22 July 1944. He was executed on 23 December 1948 after being sentenced to death for war crimes.

Tojo was born in Tokyo in 1884, third son of Hidenori Tojo, a Lieutenant General in the Japanese army. Tojo's two older brothers died before he was born. In 1905, he graduated from military school and began service as second lieutenant in the infantry. In 1909 he married Katsuko Ito and had three sons and four daughters with her.

Tojo advanced quickly through the ranks, and the staff went out of school with honors. In the 1920s Tojo was a member of a group of conservative Japanese ultra-nationalists, "Tosei-Ha" (control group).

In 1935 he had reached the degree of Major General and commanded a unit in Kwantungarmeen in the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, and in 1937 he became chief of staff in the same army. In 1938, Tojo show war minister and also had the post of Inspector General in the Army Air Force. During this period, Tojo also the real head of Japan's secret services.

Towards the end of the 1930s was a member of the Tojo group of senior officers, "Kodoha," which was and pushed Japan into World War II.

Tojo was war minister in 1940, one of the drivers of linking Japan to the Axis powers Germany and Italy. In 1941, Prime Minister Tojo and took full control of Japan's armed forces. In addition to his position as Prime Minister he also led in different periods of the second ministries as Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, Commerce Ministry and the Ministry of armor.

In February 1944 Tojo took over the position as head of general staff. After a series of military defeats, culminating with the loss of Saipan, he was forced to resign on 18 July 1944.

Hideki Tojo was sentenced to death on 12 november 1948. Today he's the only Prime Minister who have been executed for war crimes. Tojo purported to act on orders from the Japanese Emperor Hirohito, who by the Allies were given immunity.

Our collection contains 22 quotes who is written / told by Hideki.

Related authors: Emperor Hirohito

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Tojo

Famous quotes by Hideki Tojo (22)


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"Nevertheless, China was unfortunately unable to understand Japan's real position, and it is greatly to be regretted that the Sino-Japanese War became one of long duration"
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"It goes without saying that when survival is threatened, struggles erupt between peoples, and unfortunate wars between nations result"
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"During this period, Japan's peaceful commercial relations were successively obstructed, primarily by the American rupture of commercial relations, and this was a grave threat to the survival of Japan"
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"When reflecting upon it today, that the Pearl Harbor attack should have succeeded in achieving surprise seems a blessing from Heaven. It was clear that a great American fleet had been concentrated in Pearl Harbor, and we supposed that the state of alert would be very high"
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"The causes of the China Incident were the exclusion and insult of Japan throughout China, the exclusion of Japanese goods, the persecution of Japanese residents in China, and the illegal violation of Japanese rights"
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"In dealing with the China problem, the British and American side, which had particularly strong interests in China, should have based its judgments about the origins of the problem on direct observation of the actual circumstances at the time"
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"To advocate a New Order was to seek freedom and respect for peoples without prejudice, and to seek a stable basis for the existence all peoples, equally, and free of threats"
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"Throughout that period, Japan had made honest efforts to keep the destruction of war from spreading and, based on the belief that all nations of the world should find their places, had followed a policy designed to restore an expeditious peace between Japan and China"
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"From the point of the view of the nation's power, it was obvious that while we were fighting the Sino-Japanese war, every effort was to be made to avoid adding to our enemies and opening additional fronts"
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"Even military ministers have no more than a certain amount of control. It is customary that they have the right and the power to participate, from a political and military point of view, in the planning of actual operations"
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"At the Imperial Conference on December 1, it was decided to make war against England and the United States"
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"I would point out that Japan's proposal at the Versailles Peace Conference on the principle of racial equality was rejected by delegates such as those from Britain and the United States"
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"However, even during the preparations for action, we laid our plans in such a manner that should there be progress through diplomatic negotiation, we would be well prepared to cancel operations at the latest moment that communication technology would have permitted"
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"The reason was the failure of both Japan and China to understand each other and the inability of America and the European powers to sympathize, without prejudice, with the peoples of East Asia"
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"On October 18, 1941, I suddenly received a mandate from His Majesty to form a new cabinet. This was completely unexpected, and when I was summoned to the Imperial Palace I thought I would be questioned on the army's point of view"
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"Therefore, if one were to consider that there was virtually no possibility of success through the US-Japan negotiations, the military and economic pressures would only force Japan into further crisis if time were allowed to pass in vain"
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"Justice has nothing to do with victor nations and vanquished nations, but must be a moral standard that all the world's peoples can agree to. To seek this and to achieve it - that is true civilization"
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"With options thus foreclosed, in order to protect and defend the nation and clear the obstacles that stood in its path, a decisive appeal to arms was made"
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"Thus, it was to seek true civilization and true justice for all the peoples of the world, and to view this as the destruction of personal freedom and respect is to be assailed by the hatred and emotion of war, and to make hasty judgments"
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"The main American naval forces were shifted to the Pacific region and an American admiral made a strong declaration to the effect that if war were to break out between Japan and the United States, the Japanese navy could be sunk in a matter of weeks"
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"I would point out that the cultural advance of these people has been suppressed in the past and continues to be suppressed in the present by policies designed to keep them in ignorance"
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"Despite Japan's desires and efforts, unfortunate differences in the ways that Japan, England, the United States, and China understood circumstances, together with misunderstandings of attitudes, made it impossible for the parties to agree"


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