The Yoshida Memoirs: The Story of Japan in Crisis

The Yoshida Memoirs: The Story of Japan in Crisis

The Yoshida Memoirs: The Story of Japan in Crisis

The Yoshida Memoirs: The Story of Japan in Crisis

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The years between 1931 -- when the Japanese Army occupied" Manchuria -- and 1945 -- when the Occupation of Japan began -- saw Japan abandon its traditional foreign policy based upon close and friendly relations United States and Great Britain and embark upon a perilous course of military expansionism that led directly to the nation's, alignment" with the Axis, Powers, estrangement from the Western democracies, the Pacific war and subsequent defeat and Occupation.

The history of those climatic years has been recorded in detail and by many pens on the Allied side. These memoirs portray something of the course events as seen through eyes of one who was close to development on the Japanese side and who eventually was cast for a prominent role in the greatest ever to confront.

As such, this personal and inside account of Japan miscalculation and its tragic consequences, and of the Occupation year as viewed by one who was called upon to be the spokesman for a defeated Japan in dealings with the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, represented a footnote to the history of turbulent era.

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