History UsefulNotes / HidekiTojo

17th Dec '16 4:50:38 PM YT45
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: In most propaganda he is portrayed with a high pitched screechy voice when in reality one of the things that made him so influential was his deep, penetrating voice. Of course some of this may have been simply for humorous purposes.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: In most propaganda he is portrayed with a high pitched screechy voice when in reality one of the things that made him so influential was his deep, penetrating voice. Of course some of this may have been simply for humorous purposes. Ironically, it was Stalin who had an embarrassingly-squeaky voice, which he concealed by having voice actors read his speeches.
17th Dec '16 4:47:59 PM YT45
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In recent years there has been some discussion about whether Tojo took the fall for Emperor Hirohito, taking the blame for actions that the Emperor had in fact ordered. Given the opaque nature of the Empire of Japanís wartime politics, and the fact that in many cases, officers like Tojo had to interpret what the Emperor wanted, there is certainly a great deal of room for error in either direction, but in the end the most reasonable conclusion seems to be that there was plenty of blame to go around, and regardless of who wanted the war, it was undoubtedly Tojo who chose to wage it in the way that he did.

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In recent years there has been some discussion about whether Tojo took the fall for Emperor Hirohito, taking the blame for actions that the Emperor had in fact ordered. Given the opaque nature of the Empire of Japanís wartime politics, and the fact that in many cases, officers like Tojo had to interpret what the Emperor wanted, wanted (an attempted coup by fanatical military hardliners in August 1945 to prevent the Emperor from ordering capitulation certainly lends some credence to the idea that he wasn't calling all the shots), there is certainly a great deal of room for error in either direction, but in the end the most reasonable conclusion seems to be that there was plenty of blame to go around, and regardless of who wanted the war, it was undoubtedly Tojo who chose to wage it in the way that he did.
17th Dec '16 4:44:20 PM YT45
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Following the recovery of his health, Tojo was put on trial for war crimes. During his time as Chief of Staff of the Kwangtung Army, and as Army Minister and Prime Minister, Japanese ground and naval forces had committed numerous flagrant violations of UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar. Somewhere between ten and thirty million Chinese civilians were murdered by Japanese troops, with some being subjected to grisly human experimentation by [[MadDoctor Ishii Shiro]]ís Unit 731. Japanese troops gang raped thousands of women, abducted still thousands more to serve as "comfort women", and regularly tortured and killed Allied prisoners of war. Tojo, both as leader of Japanís armed forces, and as a shaper of military and foreign policy, not only refused to punish the perpetrators of such acts, but encouraged them, using MasterRace propaganda, and the [[GodEmperor Imperial]] {{Cult}} to justify the wholesale butchery of Japanís enemies. With a death toll in the tens of millions, Tojo's actions put him in the running, alongside the likes of UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, for the title of "the twentieth centuryís worst human being." Tojo himself seemed to [[HeelRealization realize this]]; following his conviction for war crimes, Tojo accepted full responsibility for all of Japanís atrocities, apologised to the victims, and asked that the United States not do unto Japan, as Japan had done unto others. He was hanged on December 23, 1948.

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Following the recovery of his health, Tojo was put on trial for war crimes. During his time as Chief of Staff of the Kwangtung Army, and as Army Minister and Prime Minister, Japanese ground and naval forces had committed numerous flagrant violations of UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar. Somewhere between ten and thirty million Chinese civilians were murdered by Japanese troops, with some being subjected to grisly human experimentation by [[MadDoctor Ishii Shiro]]ís Unit 731. Japanese troops gang raped tens of thousands of women, women (likely more), abducted still thousands more to serve as "comfort women", women"--forced into prostitution by the Japanese army and beaten and raped to death by imperial soldiers, and regularly tortured and killed Allied prisoners of war. Biological weapons, including anthrax, were "tested" on Chinese civilian populations, killing several million more. Even cannibalism was common in the Japanese military, who regarded non-Japanese as subhuman. Tojo, both as leader of Japanís armed forces, and as a shaper of military and foreign policy, not only refused to punish the perpetrators of such acts, but encouraged ''encouraged'' them, using MasterRace propaganda, and the [[GodEmperor Imperial]] {{Cult}} to justify the wholesale butchery of Japanís enemies. With a death toll in the tens of millions, Tojo's actions put him in the running, alongside the likes of UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, for the title of "the twentieth centuryís worst human being." Tojo himself seemed to [[HeelRealization realize this]]; following his conviction for war crimes, Tojo accepted full responsibility for all of Japanís atrocities, apologised to the victims, and asked that the United States not do unto Japan, as Japan had done unto others. He was hanged on December 23, 1948.
17th Dec '16 4:38:34 PM YT45
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From 1941-1944, Tojo was the dominant figure in the Japanese cabinet, holding the positions of both Prime Minster and Army Minister. He was, however, unable to fully control the Army, and the various factions within it, and had no control over the Navy Ministry. As Japanís defeats began to pile up, the other members of the military junta turned on Tojo, who resigned his position in 1944 after the loss of Saipan. When Japan surrendered to the United States, Tojo attempted to commit suicide, but failed, and was arrested by American troops.

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From 1941-1944, Tojo was the dominant figure in the Japanese cabinet, holding the positions of both Prime Minster and Army Minister. He was, however, unable to fully control the Army, and the various factions within it, and had no control over the Navy Ministry. As Japanís defeats began to pile up, the other members of the military junta turned on Tojo, who resigned his position in 1944 after the loss of Saipan. When Japan surrendered to the United States, Tojo attempted to commit suicide, but failed, failed[[note]] Rather than traditional ''seppuku'', Tojo attempted to shoot himself in the heart. Unfortunately for him, the pistol he chose was a Nambu Type-14 revolver he had received as an academy graduation gift. For all his warmongering, Tojo had never used his sidearm in combat, and didn't realize that its 9x22mm (the weakest pistol round ever to be standard-issue in any military) bullet wasn't up to the task. Despite being fired point-blank directly at his heart (using a tattoo made by his personal physician to be an indicator in the event of suicide), the bullet barely penetrated his sternum and failed to pierce his heart[[/note]], and was arrested by American troops.
22nd Oct '16 5:39:37 AM Morgenthaler
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Following the recovery of his health, Tojo was put on trial for war crimes. During his time as Chief of Staff of the Kwangtung Army, and as Army Minister and Prime Minister, Japanese ground and naval forces had committed numerous flagrant violations of UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar. Somewhere between ten and thirty million Chinese civilians were murdered by Japanese troops, with some being subjected to grisly human experimentation by [[MadDoctor Ishii Shiro]]ís Unit 731. Japanese troops gang raped thousands of women, abducted still thousands more to serve as "comfort women", and regularly tortured and killed Allied prisoners of war. Tojo, both as leader of Japanís armed forces, and as a shaper of military and foreign policy, not only refused to punish the perpetrators of such acts, but encouraged them, using MasterRace propaganda, and the [[GodEmperor Imperial]] {{Cult}} to justify the wholesale butchery of Japanís enemies. With a death toll in the tens of millions, Tojoís actions put him in the running, alongside the likes of MaoZedong, UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, for the title of "the twentieth centuryís worst human being." Tojo himself seemed to [[HeelRealization realize this]]; following his conviction for war crimes, Tojo accepted full responsibility for all of Japanís atrocities, apologised to the victims, and asked that the United States not do unto Japan, as Japan had done unto others. He was hanged on December 23, 1948.

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Following the recovery of his health, Tojo was put on trial for war crimes. During his time as Chief of Staff of the Kwangtung Army, and as Army Minister and Prime Minister, Japanese ground and naval forces had committed numerous flagrant violations of UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar. Somewhere between ten and thirty million Chinese civilians were murdered by Japanese troops, with some being subjected to grisly human experimentation by [[MadDoctor Ishii Shiro]]ís Unit 731. Japanese troops gang raped thousands of women, abducted still thousands more to serve as "comfort women", and regularly tortured and killed Allied prisoners of war. Tojo, both as leader of Japanís armed forces, and as a shaper of military and foreign policy, not only refused to punish the perpetrators of such acts, but encouraged them, using MasterRace propaganda, and the [[GodEmperor Imperial]] {{Cult}} to justify the wholesale butchery of Japanís enemies. With a death toll in the tens of millions, Tojoís Tojo's actions put him in the running, alongside the likes of MaoZedong, UsefulNotes/MaoZedong, UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, for the title of "the twentieth centuryís worst human being." Tojo himself seemed to [[HeelRealization realize this]]; following his conviction for war crimes, Tojo accepted full responsibility for all of Japanís atrocities, apologised to the victims, and asked that the United States not do unto Japan, as Japan had done unto others. He was hanged on December 23, 1948.
9th Oct '16 7:30:52 AM DeepRed
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* The 2006 film ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tokyo_Trial_(film) The Tokyo Trial]]'', told from the viewpoint of the Chinese judge sitting on the trial, featured Tojo as one of the defendants.
21st Jul '16 2:00:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* He appears in the 2012 film ''Emperor'', where he is one the men on trial for war crimes, and one of those who is questioned about whether Emperor Hirohito should be tried as a war criminal.
* Asao Uchida plays him in the film ''Tora! Tora! Tora!'', where he appears at regular intervals during the planning of the war against the USA.

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* He appears in the 2012 film ''Emperor'', ''Film/{{Emperor}}'', where he is one the men on trial for war crimes, and one of those who is questioned about whether Emperor Hirohito should be tried as a war criminal.
* Asao Uchida plays him in the film ''Tora! Tora! Tora!'', ''Film/ToraToraTora!'', where he appears at regular intervals during the planning of the war against the USA.
16th Jun '16 3:14:27 AM SorPepita
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* He (or perhaps UsefulNotes/{{Hirohito}} himself) is caricatured in the WarTimeCartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheDucktators''.

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* He (or perhaps UsefulNotes/{{Hirohito}} Hirohito himself) is caricatured in the WarTimeCartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheDucktators''.
15th Apr '16 9:34:17 AM LeedsKing
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Perhaps one of the most feared and at the same time ridiculed men in history, General '''Hideki Tojo''' was the Army Minister, and subsequently Prime Minister, of Japan during most of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. A hardcore militaristic nationalist with fascist leanings, Tojo led the Empire of Japan into war with the United States and Great Britain, leading to the eventual defeat and near total destruction of the nation he loved at the hands of the Allied forces.

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Perhaps one of the most feared and at the same time ridiculed men in history, General '''Hideki Tojo''' was the Army Minister, and subsequently Prime Minister, of Japan during most of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. A hardcore militaristic nationalist with fascist leanings, Tojo led the Empire of Japan into war with the United States and Great Britain, the British Empire, leading to the eventual defeat and near total destruction of the nation he loved at the hands of the Allied forces.



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26th Feb '16 11:00:37 AM Ma35tro
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* In ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'', Tojo does not appear, but is mentioned frequently. He becomes Prime Minister a year early, in 1940, and leads the Japanese into war with America following the successful campaign against the Soviet Union.

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* In ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'', Tojo [[TheGhost does not appear, but is mentioned frequently.frequently]]. He becomes Prime Minister a year early, in 1940, and leads the Japanese into war with America following the successful campaign against the Soviet Union.
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