Known within the army as “Razor Tôjô” both for his bureaucratic efficiency and for his strict, uncompromising attention to detail, he climbed the command ladders, in close association with the army faction seeking to upgrade and improve Japan’s fighting capabilities despite tight budgets and “civilian interference.” Tôjô built up a personal power base and used his position as head of the military police of Japan’s garrison force in Manchuria to rein in their influence before he became the Kwantung Army’s chief of staff in 1937.
He decided that a massive knock-out blow would be sufficient to remove America from the Pacific.
He was an esteemed administrator and skillful field commander and became noted as a stern disciplinarian.
The people of America were thought of as decadent, lazy and without scruples compared to the disciplined workforce of Japan that worshipped their emperor, .
As Minister of War, Tojo made it clear that Japan should push south in the Far East and take land owned by European nations. By this date, he was convinced that a war with America could not be avoided and he put Japan on a full war alert.
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