Friday, May 04, 2012

"no man was found worthy to open and to read the book" - The Kurusus

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The Kurusus

The Pearl Harbor Attack by the Imperial Navy of Japan involved one unique Japanese family.
SaburĊ Kurusu (1886 - 1954) was a Japanese career diplomat. He is remembered now as an envoy who tried to negotiate peace and understanding with the United States while Japan was secretly preparing the attack on Pearl Harbor...

After peace talks between the United States and Japan bogged down in 1941, Kurusu was dispatched as the Imperial government's "special envoy". Arriving in Washington on November 15, Kurusu told newsmen "I am indeed glad to be here in your nation's capital. I extend greetings to all from the bottom of my heart."[7] Two days later, Secretary of State Cordell Hull brought Kurusu to the White House to meet with President Roosevelt...

Over the next three weeks, Kurusu and Ambassador KichisaburĊ Nomura continued to confer with Hull while awaiting Japan's reply. On the afternoon of December 7 Kurusu delivered Japan's reply, breaking relations and closing with the statement that "The immutable policy of Japan is to promote world peace." At that moment, the bombing of Pearl Harbor had commenced...

Following the Allied victory in Japan, the American military tribunal elected in February, 1946, not to prosecute either Kurusu or Nomura.[13] Kurusu was a visiting professor at Tokyo University and lived at a country estate in Karuizawa with his wife Alice. Like Nomura, Kurusu maintained for the rest of his life that he had been unaware of the plans for Pearl Harbor...
Ambassador Kurusu and his American wife had one son who became an officer of the Imperial Army of Japan, though he died during the war against the US.

Ryo Kurusu (1919 - 1945), the son of Ambassador Saburo Kurusu, was drafted into the Imerial Army air force in January 1941 while he was an employee of an aircraft company.  He became a fighter pilot to fight against American fighters and bombers but a tragedy occurred.

The actual death of Ryo Kurusu, son of Saburo and Alice Kurusu, was quite different than Ken Kurushima's fictional death described in this book. Yasukuni Jinja (2003, 76) states that he fought single-handedly against eight American planes and shot down one on February 16, 1945. Watanabe (1999) gives the following account of Ryo Kurusu's tragic death after returning to base (translation by Mieko Morita):

Capt. Kurusu, born in January 1919, died due to an accident at Tama Army Airfield on February 16, 1945. When an air-raid siren sounded at the airfield, all pilots including Capt. Kurusu ran to their aircraft. As he was trying to pass in front of one plane, it moved forward two to three meters, and its propeller cut his neck. His severed head flew up two meters, and his headless body moved forward four or five more steps. This accident was unavoidable even though 1st Lieutenant Umekawa, the pilot of the plane that hit Capt. Kurusu, had fourteen and a half years of flying experience. If someone had given instructions to 1st Lieutenant Umekawa on the taxiway, this unfortunate accident could have been avoided. However, no one was giving directions to the aircraft. Capt. Kurusu was running in 1st Lieutenant Umekawa’s blind spot as everybody hurriedly ran to their planes to make sorties. 1st Lieutenant Umekawa honestly reported the accident to his commander, Maj. Yoshitsugu Aramaki.  Maj. Aramaki did not say anything to 1st Lieutenant Umekawa, whose face was pale. Later, the Imperial Army leaders overlooked the accident since it was unavoidable.

Saburo Kurusu's wife died as a Japanese citizen and also Catholic.  The Kurusus had also two daughters, namely Ryo's younger sisters, who reportedly married Americans after WWII.

Finally, it is commonsense today in Japan that Ambassador Kurusu was not informed of the Pearl Harbor Attack plan beforehand.

Though the plan was officially approved by top leaders of the Imperial Government on November 5, 1941, the final decision of launching the war against the US was finally decided when the so-called Hull note was delivered by then US Secretary of State Cordell Hull on Novermber 26, 1941 as the note proposed conditions for peace the Empire of Japan could not accept.

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Rev 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.