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
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
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.