On December 16, 1945, Prince Konoe committed suicide after refusing to collaborate with US Army officer Bonner Fellers in Operation Blacklist. His refusal to exonerate Emperor Hirohito and the imperial family of war crimes responsibilities.
A week before he took the cyanide, he wrote a memoir regarding his experience governing Imperial Japan during World War 2.
Although Prince Fumimaro Konoe was born into one of the most ancient and noble families of Japan and was a descendant of the Gosekke (fiver regent families), he faced poverty at 14 after his father passed away. He was then groomed by his uncle Prince Saionji Kinmochi, who was a prime minister at the time, for an essential role in government.
By 1937, Prince Konoe became the prime minister of Imperial Japan, during a time when Japan had occupied Manchuria. At the age of 46, Prince Konoe was the second youngest prime minister in Japan's history. During his first year of being a prime minister, the China Incident happened, and the Sino-Japanese War raged on.
The memoir shows many efforts of Prince Konoe's efforts for negotiations with Chinese and US government officials to try to end the war early as well as his governing during a time of crisis during the Pacific Asia War.
This audiobook includes:
- An introduction of the Imperial Japanese government
- A family tree of the Japanese royal families
- A biographical report of Prince Fumimaro Konoe by the Interim Research and Intelligence Service of the Research and Analysis Branch of the Department of State
- His translated memoir