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Schemes For Survival Of The Imperial Line

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The interlude between surrender and the arrival of the Occupation forces in September produced a number of plans that centred on the protection of Hirohito and his line. On 9 August 1945, ten days after the emperor expressed to Kido his determination to perish in the defence of the realm, the Imperial Decision was handed down to accept the Potsdam Declaration on the sole condition that Japan be given assurances that its national polity would be preserved. The Army General Staff had agreed to make six million yen available as operating expenses for the underground surveillance network. Young Tanaka made a feeble attempt to mediate, but wound up sitting silent and pale as the others wrangled. In the final analysis, putting Genda in charge of the Navy scheme to protect the imperial line was a rather brilliant antidote for the poison of potential rebellion.

Keywords: Hirohito; Imperial Decision; imperial line; Japan; Kido; Potsdam Declaration; Young Tanaka



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