By Kazuo Yagami

The blame for a country’s blunders frequently falls on its leaders. now and again, despite the fact that, a leader’s maximum mistake is to advertise the unsuitable ambitions of his humans. used to be this the case in international struggle II Japan? This publication considers that query within the tale of Konoe Fumimaro, who served as Japan’s top minister in the course of some of the most tough classes of the country’s background. This old biography is a balanced account of Konoe and his provider as major minister prior to and through global battle II. Governing from 1937 to 1941, Konoe performed a key position within the fight to strengthen eastern international coverage. starting with Konoe’s schooling and political education, the writer then explores the overall temper of Nineteen Thirties Japan and strains Konoe’s upward thrust throughout the political ranks, together with his first time period as major minister, his choice to step down, and his eventual comeback. specially emphasised is how the guy himself affected this era of eastern historical past. In his relentless paintings relating to Japanese-American international relations, he tried to alter the damaging path on which Japan was once bent. Defeated in essence by way of his personal army and its growing to be autonomy, Konoe however took the japanese defeat to center. the ultimate bankruptcy examines Konoe’s warfare event and its aftermath, which culminated in his suicide.

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