Grand Daughter Of General Hideki Tojo Revives His Memory

 General Hideki Tojo was hanged by the Americans after a farcical trial despite a telling dissenting judgment by Justice Pal from India. But the General still lives in the minds of the Japanese people and his ashes are honored as a great Japanese hero at the national Shinto Shrine in Tokyo. General Tojo was classified as a class A war criminal by the Americans.

But now things have moved in a different direction and his grand daughter Yuko Tojo who is 67 years old came out into the open and contested for a seat in the upper house of the

Japanese Parliament. She contested as an independent and in a hotly contested election lost out. In the system of proportional representation this was expected as he stood as an independent.
 Her defeat is not important, but what is important that many in Japan feel that the Second World War was thrust on the Japanese. Yuko Tojo is a right wing politician who heads a non profit organization concerned with environmental conservation.

 Yuko Tojo feels that the war was thrust on the Japanese and Japan was not an aggressor at all. She heads a movement to

restore the honor of the so called war criminals hanged the Americans. The question of the ashes at the Shinto shrine is an emotional subject with Japanese and most Japanese leaders pay homage at the Shinto shrine. This angers Korea and China.
Yuko Tojo, 67, pledged to work to realize the enshrinement of all of Japan’s military war dead at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

Yuko Tojo was only 6 when Japan lost the war. Expecting to be killed by the Americans the family of Tojo fled Tokyo to the countryside. Subsequently they lay low during the period of the American occupation of Japan. The trial of her Grand father as a war criminal is a sore point with her, but it is also a fact that many Japanese feel similarly. Tojo was hanged by the Americans on the orders of General MacArthur after a farcical trial where it was a fore gone conclusion even before the trial that Tojo will be hanged. It is good that his grand daughter has the courage to call a spade a spade.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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