The Life of Hideki Tojo and His Contribution to Japan Essay

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Hideki Tojo was born in Tokyo on December 30, 1884. Tojo was the eldest son in his family. Tojo entered military school in 1899. He ended up being forced to follow in the footsteps of his father. His father was a military man. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Sino-Japanese War and a major general in the Russo-Japanese War. Tojo and Katsuko Ito ended up getting married. Together they had seven children. He was born into a more respected family. Tojo's mother was the daughter of a Buddhist priest. He was Shinto and Buddhist. Shinto is a set of practices establishing a connection between present-day Japan and its ancient past. Buddhism is a religion that has a variety of traditions, beliefs based on teachings from Siddhartha Gautama.…show more content…
The Navy gained important political influence over national and international affairs. During the era of the weak emperor Taisho, political powers were shifted from an Oligarchic government to a parliament and democratic parties. In the First World War, Japan joined the Allied powers, but only had a minor role in fighting against German forces in Eastern part of Asia. There was Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Japan's proposal of amending a "racial equality clause" agreement to the League of Nations were rejected by the following countries; United States, Britain and Australia. Racial discrimination towards the Japanese started hatred and rivalries between countries. They were again a major factor for the worst of a relation in the decades coming forward to World War 2. In 1924, for example, the US Congress passed the Exclusion Act that prohibited further immigration from Japan. These problems later were to be dealt by Tojo. Hideki Tojo came into power by attending Military college, and serving as a military attaché in Germany. He then became the leader of militarists of Japan. He started doing speeches about how he despised weak civilian politicians. His views were shared by many, even the army. People started liking and respecting him more when he led his army through victories in Manchuria from 1931 and on. Tojo then became even more popular and respected when he was named the Minister of War. He decided that

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