1. In 1931, the military, without sanction of the Emperor and without consulting with the foreign office, started the invasion of Manchuria.
2. In 1936, the military attempted, by ordering the stooges, to assassinate Premier Okada, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Saito, Minister of the Treasury Takahashi, Inspector-General of Military Education Watanabe, Grand Chamberlain Suzuki and others; and caused teh 2.2.6 Incident. For a time, they refused to obey the Emperor, thus causing a national crisis.
3. In the general election of 1937, the people ignored the wishes of the military and elected 416 members who had no affiliations with the military out of a total of 566 members in the Diet.
4. Hence, in order to seize control of the nation, they started teh China Incident.
5. To cover their failure to conquer China and to strengthen their control, they attacked Pearl Harbor. With this, they challenged the two greatest powers in the world who had been their friends upto this time.
Only with defeat of the military clique will you become a free people.
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