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Emperor Hirohito And The February 26 Army Uprising

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On 8 September 1932, accompanied by members of his staff, Lieutenant General Honjō Shigeru, former commander-in-chief of the Kwantung Army, appeared before the emperor to report on military affairs in Manchuria. This chapter focuses upon one aspect of the Incident which remains comparatively unclear: the role and actions of Emperor Hirohito during the crisis. Army General Staff Headquarters adopted the pose of restraining the Kwantung Army so as to avoid the emperor's displeasure, but the evidence indicates that the General Staff was secretly in accord with its actions. Before dawn on the morning of 26 February 1936, young officers led some 1,400 troops from the First and Imperial Guards Divisions in revolt. At the time of the February 26 Incident there were many people who thought it possible that the young officers planned, or at least considered, deposing Emperor Hirohito and replacing him with his younger brother, Prince Chichibu.

Keywords: Emperor Hirohito; Imperial Guards Divisions; Kwantung Army; Lieutenant General Honjo Shigeru; Manchuria; Prince Chichibu



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