• Kyodo


A group of former high-ranking Imperial Japanese Army officers plotted in July 1952 to assassinate Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, according to recently declassified U.S. documents.

Takushiro Hattori, the late former planning chief of the army staff office, and five others hatched the plot in defiance of what they saw as Yoshida’s pro-U.S. policy, according to CIA documents dated Oct. 31, 1952.

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