The “March Incident” of 1931 was an unsuccessful coup d’etat by the secret ultranationalist Sakurakai Society (sakura, the cherry blossom was symbolic of the transient life of a soldier) within the Imperial Japanese Army. A new totalitarian military government was to eliminate political corruption, reduce the power of the zaibatsu, and promote socioeconomic equality. In the “October Incident”, the Sakurakai tried and failed again. A sympathetic public forgave the plots as examples of overzealous patriotism, and judicial punishment was minimal.
Aborted Coup d’etat
Oct 14, 2011