AUTHORKido, Koichi
TITLEThe Diary of Marquis Kido, 1931-45: Selected Translations into English
PUBLISHERUniversity Publications of America
CITYFrederick, MD

This book is a compilation of selected, translated diary entries of Marquis Koichi Kido, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal in the Japanese Government during World War II. Due to the number of high-ranking positions Kido held and the influential and informed nature of his positions, his diary provides insight into World War II Japanese policy. The book contains entries ranging from July 1931 through December 1945. Of particular interest are the 1945 entries dealing with the possible peace negotiations with the Soviet Union, the reaction to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Soviet declaration of war, and the final cabinet discussions leading to the Japanese surrender. The collection contains all entries that were translated into English to be available for use as evidence in the 1946 International Military Tribunal for the Far East. A subject index of the diary entries is included.

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