Together with co-sponsors East-West Center, Pacific Aviation Museum, and Pacific Historic Parks, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) welcomed Professor Takeo Iguchi, Professor Emeritus of Shobi Gakuen University in Japan, to speak on the subject “Japan’s Road to Pearl Harbor.” Professor Iguchi, former Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, and New Zealand, is the son of a Japanese diplomat stationed in Washington, D.C. when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Consequently, he has unique insight into the way diplomatic cables between Tokyo and its Embassy in Washington were handled.
According to Professor Iguchi’s research, diplomatic cables were heavily influenced by the Japanese Army in its attempt to maintain secrecy of its preparations for military movements into Southeast Asia at the start of hostilities against the U.S. and its allies. Professor Iguchi maintains that the Japanese Army thwarted a declaration of war before the onset of hostilities in an attempt to insure its success. Professor Iguchi also took time to debunk theories on how the U.S. may have known about Japanese actions but purposely did not take action in order to label Japan as aggressor. These points are included in his book, “Demystifying Pearl Harbor.”
JASH would like to thank Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo of the Japanese Consulate at Honolulu for arranging Professor Iguchi’s talk to JASH members, co-sponsoring organizations, and members of the community.