On October 18th, 1941 His Majesty the Emperor visited a provisional festival at Yasukuni Shrine and offered prayers for those who died in the war. At 10:15 a.m., when the prayers were offered, all the people offered a silent prayer throughout the country. At 10:20 a.m. His Majesty the Emperor


TOKYO – Going beyond cautious and flexible formulas employed by both Premier Hideki Tojo and Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo, to the effect that Japan’s policies aim at a successful conclusion of the “China incident” and the establishment of  “a greater East Asia co-prosperity sphere,” Finance Minister Okinori Kaya declared yesterday it was also Japan’s aim to “force Britain and the United States to retreat from East Asia.”

New York Times

November 11, 1941