Foreign News: Honorable Suicides

Died. General Korechika Anami, Army bureaucrat and War Minister in the Suzuki Cabinet; and Vice Admiral Takejiro Onishi, originator of Kamikaze ("divine wind," i.e., suicide) tactics; both by harakiri, induced by the Japanese surrender; in Tokyo.

General Anami was a military mystic. He once called on Japan's soldiers "to defend the Imperial land even after death with your souls." When he heard the news of his son's death in battle, his only visible emotion was to crush a flower bud in his hand. He held out against surrender. Before committing harakiri, he wrote...

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