Useful Notes Katanas Of The Rising Sun Discussion

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10:38:15 PM Jun 2nd 2013
Here's something I think belongs in this article but I can't think of / find the right trope name for.

  • The IJN learned a lot of its naval tradition from Great Britain, including the idea that the Captain "goes down with the ship", which seemed to jive perfectly with Japan's own view of warfare, duty, and sacrifice. They didn't realize that in Britain it merely meant the Captain should make sure the rest of his crew is able to abandon ship before he leaves - and so several valuable leaders intentionally died on board their vessels (most notably Yamaguchi, on board the Hiryu, probably the best individual carrier commander they had) when they could have been rescued.

It's not quite lost in translation - the translation was technically right, but there was still a misunderstanding.
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