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From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor
on sale globally on Dec. 7

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, Tokyo


ISBN4-643-06012-3 C0021
JPY 4,000+TAX
US$ 40.00+TAX

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

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

-- What caused the Japanese military to employ "kamikaze" attacks?

-- Was it possible to prevent the devastation wrought by the atomic bombs?

-- Were there problems with the Tokyo Tribunal?

"As a matter of conscience and integrity, The Yomiuri Shimbun has elected to publish the findings of their War Responsibility Reexamination Committee. The Committee undertook to determine where the responsibility lay for the aggression against Manchuria in 1931, for Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War that ended in Japan’s defeat in 1945 and decimated a generation of Japan’s brightest and best. The Yomiuri Shimbun hopes this study will help restore good relations with Japan’s neighbors and prevent a similar occurrence elsewhere ever again."

-----Henry A.Kissinger, former U.S. secretary of state, author of Diplomacy

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"From Marco Polo Bridge To Pearl Harbor: Who Was Responsible? adds a new dimension to our understanding of one of the most controversial issues in Asia today."

----- Alvin Toffler, futurist, author of Future Shock and coauthor with Heidi Toffler of Revolutionary Wealth

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"I am very pleased that The Yomiuri Shimbun has undertaken an article series and book on the historical responsibility for the Showa War. While I do not necessarily agree with all of the judgments and points of emphasis in them, I believe that it is extremely important for Japan to engage in a serious national debate on the origins, meaning and responsibility for the war. The Yomiuri Shimbun has done an important service by initiating what I hope will be a prolonged, open and frank discussion of this important topic."

----- Francis Fukuyama, Bernard Schwartz Professor, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

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"Many Japanese apparently prefer not to know what happened during the 'Showa War,' when the military forces of their country behaved in a manner that seems almost incomprehensible today. As a result, the matter of individual responsibility has hitherto been little discussed. This book earns our gratitude by squarely and honestly attempting to identify those guilty of decisions that brought death to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in Asia and on the islands of the Pacific. Each major decision - or lack of decision - that contributed to the slaughter of a terrible war is chronicled along with the names of the perpetrators. This book deserves the attention especially of those who never knew or have forgotten the horrors of the long years of war."

----- Donald Keene, author of Emperor of Japan: Meiji and his world, 1852-1912, leading scholar of Japanese literature, professor emeritus at Columbia University

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"Some critics claim that Japan has not confronted its past as Germany has. Japan's Yomiuri newspaper has undertaken a bold project, the first of its kind in the Japanese intellectual community since the end of World War II. The Yomiuri Shimbun seriously probes the outbreak and prolongation of the wars of the Showa Era and examines the responsibility of many Japanese political leaders and high-ranking military officers, including some not tried in the Tokyo Tribunal, such as Prince Konoe. The Yomiuri shimbun’s scrutiny is pioneering, comprehensive and courageous."

----- James E. Auer, Director, Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt University

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"I believe it is our obligation as Japan's most influential newspaper to tell our millions of readers who was responsible for starting the Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War. We found not only high-ranking government leaders, generals and admirals should shoulder the blame. Field officers often were more influential than even the Emperor, war ministers and chiefs-of-staff in making decisions to go to and escalate the wars and were responsible for many atrocities. We hope our findings serve as a cue for peoples elsewhere to examine and explore what kinds of miscalculation or blind belief could trigger wars in the future."

----- Tsuneo Watanabe, Editor-in-Chief, The Yomiuri Shimbun

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About The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper

The Yomiuri Shimbun was founded in Tokyo on November 2, 1874. It began publishing evening editions in 1931 in addition to morning editions; set up Japan’s first professional baseball club, now The Yomiuri Giants, in 1934; began publishing the Osaka edition in 1952; launched an English-language newspaper, now The Daily Yomiuri, in 1955; established The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the world’s first newspaper-run orchestra, in 1962; inaugurated the Seibu (Kyushu) edition in 1964; and created The Yomiuri Light and Humanity Association in 1971, extending helping hands to the disabled. The Guinness Book of Records recognized The Yomiuri Shimbun as the world’s largest daily newspaper in 1994—its morning circulation stood at 10,028,538 across Japan as of July 2006. On top of an extensive domestic news coverage network, it has 34 overseas bureaus in Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Jerusalem, London, Moscow, New Delhi, Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Taipei, Tehran and Washington, among others. Visit http://www.yomiuri.co.jp

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