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Emperor Hirohito Is Not To Abdicate

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Thsi chapter relates the author's confrontation with MacArthur, his meeting with Mr Sebald, the emperor's personal message, and the problems thar remain with regards to the emperor's decision not to abdicate the throne. The City of Norfolk, Virginia, just beyond the colonial town of Williamsburg. In downtown Norfolk there is a Memorial Library dedicated to General Douglas MacArthur, former Supreme Commander for the Allied Occupation of Japan. It is clear from MacArthur's memoirs that his meeting with the emperor left a distinctly favourable impression, but this did not become public knowledge until much later. The emperor's extraordinarily accurate appraisal of the information presented to him was not simply a product of his mature intelligence. Terasaki was the Foreign Ministry's leading specialist on the United States and a subtle, skilled and highly-motivated career diplomat who had been serving as secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Washington when the war broke out.

Keywords: General Douglas MacArthur; godlike discernment; Norfolk; Terasaki; Washington



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