Hirohito backed U.S. war months before Pearl Harbor attack, says aide’s diary

An item from Legion Magazine.


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Hirohito backed U.S. war months before Pearl Harbor attack, says aide’s diary

Hirohito backed U.S. war months before Pearl Harbor attack, says aide’s diary

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Japanese Emperor Hirohito was long depicted as a naïve pacifist who reluctantly acceded to the wishes of his hawkish military leaders.

But the newly released diaries of one of his closest aides suggest the emperor posthumously known as Shōwa thought war with the West was inevitable and was preparing for it earnestly two months before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

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The birth of the Maple Leaf

The birth of the Maple Leaf

Story by Sharon Adams

On Dec. 15, 1964, the bitter argument over the new Canadian flag came to an end when closure was invoked to shut down the debate in Parliament.

Two months later, the new Maple Leaf flag became the official Canadian national flag, replacing the Union Jack—officially known as the Royal Union Flag—and the Canadian Red Ensign.

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