Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Conquest by Railway

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Three weeks after the Japanese surrender, there were those on the Japanese side who still believed that, with the strengths still available to the Japanese High Command, to have opted to refuse surrender and to continue the war, was a rational choice (ri ari). This chapter examines the grounds for this rational choice. Japan's going to war in 1941 was an irrational act, since it was undertaken without confidence of victory in all members of the Supreme Command; in fact with the assurance from a major planner that success could be guaranteed for six months, after which he could guarantee nothing. If we assume the initial act of war to be based on an irrational motivation, then it would seem to be correct to assume that the withdrawal from the war so begun should be interpreted as a return to reason.

Keywords:irrational motivation; Japanese surrender; Supreme Command



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Russia in Asia — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation