War has always been one of the most distressing topics, as it entails not only the battles between leaders but also the grave and brutal consequences it leaves behind. So, who bears responsibility for the devastation and ruins following the aftermath of these wars?
The book titled 'Who was responsible?' is available in an English edition and two volumes in Japanese, containing the findings of a committee composed of Japanese journalists. After fourteen months of researching various documents and sources, this book cannot encompass the entire narrative but serves as a sharp critique of Japan's leadership during the Showa War. The book boldly asserts that 'Japan misjudged the prevailing international situation in 1941 when it engaged in a war against the United States. Japan failed to establish war objectives or a practical withdrawal strategy'.
The themes of war and politics always evoke an atmosphere of tension and suspense. However, for those enthusiastic about delving into them and exploring the stories behind them, they become extraordinarily fascinating. 'Who was responsible' stands as a success of The Yomiuri Shimbun.
- Title : Who Was Responsible? From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor
- Author : Tsuneo Watanabe
- Publisher : The Yomiuri Shimbun
- Year of Publication : 2006