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Who Was Responsible for the Pacific War?

Friday, December 8, 2006 Posted: 08:49 AM JST

The Yomiuri Shimbun earlier this year published an excellent series of articles on Japan's War Responsibility. This series has now been published as a book: Who Was Responsible?, From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor. The book is prized at USD 40.00 and comes highly recommended by people like Henry A.Kissinger, Alvin Toffler, Francis Fukuyama, Donald Keene and others.

Who Was Responsible? especially attempts to answer five questions:

1. Why did Japan plunge into the quagmire of the Sino-Japanese War?

2. Why did Japan wage war with the U.S. despite its lack of resources?

3. What caused the Japanese military to employ "kamikaze" attacks?

4. Was it possible to prevent the devastation of the atomic bombs?

5. Were there problems with the Tokyo Tribunal?

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