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Yamamoto the man who planned Pearl Harbor increased my knowledge about the people of Japan because it introduced me to their culture and the life and times in Japan before World War II In Japan the family is the basic unit of society For example if a Japanese has the unfortunate occurrence of producing only daughters they will insist that one of their daughters husbands changes his last name to keep their daughters last name alive It was also not unusual for people to change their last names Isoroku Tankano was born in 1884 In 1916 he changed his last name to Yamamoto because the name Yamamoto was an honorable and ancient one in the history of Japan One such figure was Tatekawa Yamamoto who fought against the Emperor and his forces at the Battle of Watkamatsu during the Bosshin War Since he was one of the leaders of the rebellion when he was captured he was beheaded at Watkamatsu Since Tatekawa had no sons Isoroku was also the future of the Yamamoto clan Not uncommon in Japan was the fact that men got married for the purpose of producing sons to keep the family name alive This is exactly what Isoroku did In 1918 he got married to Reiko who ironically was from Watkamatsu They had 4 children together 2 sons and 2 daughters It was the standard Japanese family the mother in charge of the household and of raising the children He never really loved her because he had many extramarital affairs and 2 of the women he loved The life and times in Japan right before World War 2 are simply explained The Imperialist Japanese Army otherwise known as the young Turks was steadily gaining power in the government was assassinating anyone who did not share in their views for
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