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Kamikaze Pilots During World War II in the Pacific there were pilots of the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy who made suicide attacks driving their planes to deliberately crash into carriers and battle- ships of the Allied forces These were the pilots known as the Kamikaze pilots Because right-wing organizations have used the Kamikaze pilots as a symbol of a militaristic and extremely nationalistic Japan the current Japanese respond to the issue with ignorance and false stereotypes and with generally negative and unsympathetic remarks However the Kamikaze fighters added a new wrinkle to navel warfare Kamikaze expressed their feelings and thoughts about the missions through haiku poems In many of the haiku that the Kamikaze pilots wrote the Emperor is mentioned in the first line According to those who have lived through the early Showa period 1926-1945 the presence of Emperor Showa was like that of a god and he was more of a religious figure than a political one Scoggins 276-277 In public schools students were taught to die for the emperor By late 1944 a slogan of Jusshi Reisho meaning Sacrifice life was taught Morimoto 148-151 Most of the pilots who volunteered for the suicide attacks were those who were born late in the Taisho period 1912-1926 or in the first two or three years of Showa Therefore they had gone through the brainwashing education and were products of the militaristic Japan In 1944 the General Staff had considered mounting organized suicide attacks Ikuta 25 suicide attacks had been made since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Shinbusha 266 Two types of suicide attacks had been made The first was an organized attack which would in 90 of the cases result in the death of the soldiers However if the plan had worked on the battlefield as it did in theory there was some possibility that the soldiers would survive Ibid 49 The other type of suicide attack that had been made
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