Hideki Tojo

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Hideki TojoThere where many military leaders around the World during World War II. One of the more famous military leaders was Hideki Tojo. Hideki Tojo was a military leaders in Japan during World War II. Hideki Tojo was born in Tokyo on December 30th 1884. His nickname was “The Razor”His dads name was Hidenori Tojo, who was a Lieutenant General in the Japanese army. Hideki had two brothers unfortunately they died before Hideki could meet them. Tojo attended military school in Japan and graduated from there in 1905. In 1909 Hideki married a women named Katsuko Ito. They had three sons and four daughters .

After his marriage he first started out in the Japanese army as a second Lieutenant in the infantry. Over the years he moved up the ladder in the ranks. He then attened the military college in Japan and in 1915 he graduated with top grades.

After he graduated he went back to the college and taught there and was serving in the military as an infantry officer. In the 1920s he was a member of a group of people in Japan who wanted to represent more conservative ideas instead of the radical ideas that were also being represented. This group was a group that believed in military ideas and had outrageous ideas. Hideki continued to move up in the military ranks.

By 1935 he was a big time general in command of the kempeital and the Kantnugun. By 1937 he was apponited chief of staff of those armies. Then in 1938 he was Vice minister of warin Japan. Then on top of that he was Inspector- General of Army Aviation. He was also the Commander in Chief of the Japanese secret services. Tojo was also leading Japan in a lot of secret societies. In what is known as the 2-26 Incident Tojo and General Honjo acted against the rebels of Japan. Because of this the rebels were forced to surrender and their officers were executed. Tojo was then eventually appointed to head of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Then after a few years in 1934 he was commander of the 24th infantry brigade, the commanding general of the military police in the Kantogun. Lieutenant General in 1936, the chief of staff of the Kanotogun. Hideki Tojo was a very important man during this time in Japan.

Hideki Tojo continued to become more and more important and powerful in Japan. He led the units of the first independent Mixed Birgade during the Chinese Incident. Him and his troops march 700km. They were very effective under Tojo. Later in the 1930s he became a member of the military clique, “ The Kodoha”, this was the group that pushed Japan into the second World War.

Tojo again moved up in the ranks. IN 1940 he was appointed War Minister. This position was a big step for him and he filled it perfectly for Japan. He was the main reason Japan became part of the axis powers. At this time Japans current Prime Minister was trying to negotiate with the United States. Eventually. Tojo and his supporters pushed him into retirement and then Tojo took over as Prime Minister. Now Hideki had complete control of the entire Japanese army. Not only was he in charge of all military situations and forces in Japan, but he was in charge of portfolios of foreign affairs, Education, Home affairs, Commerce and Industry, and Munitions. Hideki Tojo was now the most powerful man in all of Japan.

Hideki Tojo was the man in charge in Japan for World War II. At first for a little while Tojo actually tried negotiating with the United States when these negotiations did nothing Tojo tried to bring the United States into the war to bring them down. He took his first step at bring The Us into the war on December 7, 1941 by ordering the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This was a surprise attack on the United States. After this happened the United States entered the war. Hideki Tojo did the best he could in World War Ii but in the long run him and his allies were no match for the United States. The United States put the nail in the coffin on August 6th by dropping The first ever Atomic Bomb on Japan and then finished it off 3 days later by dropping another one on Japan. Japan Eventually surrendered. In 1945 after surrendering Hideki Tojo shot himself in the chest on an attempted suicide, this attmept failed and he was arrested and tried for these crimes. Count 1 (waging wars of aggression, and war or wars in violation of international law).Count 27 (waging unprovoked war against China). Count 29 (waging aggressive war against the United States). Count 31 (waging aggressive war against the British Commonwealth). Count 32 (waging aggressive war against the Netherlands (Indonesia). Count 33 (waging aggressive war against France (Indochina). Count 54 (ordering, authorizing, and permitting inhumane treatment of Prisoners of War and others). Hideki Tojo was then sentenced to death on November 12, 1948. He was hung and is still to this day the only head of the Japanese Government to ever have been executed for war crimes. It didn’t stop there either because of some of the things he ordred people to do he is held responsible for 10 million civilian murders in China, Korea, Philippines, Indochina, and in some other pacific islands. He also did illegal experiments on POWs and Chinese citizens. Hideki Tojo doesn’t have much of a positive Legacy. To most he is considered a criminal and someone who abused their power. He is especially looked down on in the United States and China and other countries he brought bad things to.

Hideki Tojo was a very bad man. When he started out he had a lot of potential but unfortunately he used his skill and talents for negative things and sinful things. He was a person who lived the high life for a little bit but paid for it with his life.

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