It is extraordinary the lengths to which some people will go to reorganize history to suit their own ends. There are still voices, for example, claiming that Emperor Hirohito knew nothing about Pearl Harbor, the aerial attack that launched Japan’s holy war.

As historian John Dower has noted, the emperor “was well briefed on the Pearl Harbor strategy, right down to the reason for choosing Sunday (‘a day of rest’) for the surprise attack . . . signing the declaration of war with full knowledge of the military’s intentions.”

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