who was the leader of japan during world war two?
- miyuki & kyojinLv 75 months ago
The Emperor was Hirohito/
- FredLv 55 months ago
Tojo Hideki, although never becoming a dictator on par with Hitler or Mussolini. Tojo rose to power in Manchuria 1930 from a position of Head of Military Police to become the Kwantung Army's Chief of staff in 1937.
June 1941 Tojo is placed as Prime Minister of Japan where he controls the invasion of China to secure Nationalist China Government collaboration (?) with Japan.
Tojo was removed from position as Prime Minister with the fall of Saipan July 1944; the event of mainland Japan falling into B-29 bomber range. Emperor Hirohito asking Tojo , "Why are all your 'Glorious Victories" falling closer to mainland Japan?"
- Ted KLv 75 months ago
Rule of Japan during WWII was bizarre, in that even though the Emperor, Hirohito, was supposed to be absolute ruler, most of the time he was really more of a symbol than an actual leader. He only seemed to exert significant overt power in a few, select situations, but most of the time preferring to just be a rubber stamp for whatever the leaders of the Imperial Japanese High Command (IJHC) wanted, since they promised him that everything they did would be all to his glory--that way he could spend most of his time puttering around tide pools and aquariums (he was an avid marine biologist). The IJHC was a "committee" of mostly army generals, that through most of the war, was dominated by General and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo until Tojo was forced to resign after the fall of Saipan in June, 1944. He was replaced as Prime Minister by General Koniaki Koiso. Interestingly, the Emperor did play a large role in ousting Tojo, because he was unhappy with the fall of Saipan, and he expressed disdain for Tojo's bullsh*t excuses and outrageous claims of impending "victory." The emperor would ask his generals, "if we are winning every battle, then how is it possible that all these "decisive victories" keep happening closer and closer to Japan?"
Although the Emperor was "officially" a living god and absolute ruler, her aggressive expansionism which precipitated the war was instigated by hothead nationalist Army officers, and early on during the 1930s, it was lower ranking officers in the field in China who started sh*t completely independent of any control from Tokyo, then basically telling their commanders back home, "ok, we started it, now you have to support us--and if you don't, then you are traitors to the Emperor." It was a truly weird situation, in which the entire chain of command was turned upside down.
- ObserverLv 75 months ago
Emperor Hirohito ruled Japan during WW II. He was born in 1901 and died in 1989
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- pandeLv 65 months ago
- 5 months ago
Hero heeto was her name
- Anonymous5 months ago
The Emperor was Hirohito, but the military leader was Prime Minister Tojo Hideki, who was tried and executed for war crimes in 1948.
Whilst there is no doubt that Hirohito was culpable, it was considered expedient by General MacArthur to keep him as a constitutional monarch. It was probably something of a convenient fiction that the Emperor did not know what was being done in his name
Hirohito's broadcast ended the Pacific War and accepted the Potsdam Declaration which specified Japan's unconditional surrender.
- PAMELALv 75 months ago
Emperor Hirohito, after the war he had to declare to the japanese people that he was not a god, until then the people believed he was.
- mokrieLv 75 months ago
Hiro Hito I think....
- Anonymous5 months ago
Emperor Hirohito .............................