The US, not Japan, was the aggressor
By Moteki Hiromichi,
AbstractAbstract: The US, Not Japan, Was The Aggressor
Gen. Douglas MacArthur testified before the Senate Armed Services and Foreign
Relations Committee, 82nd Congress, on May 3, 1951. He said that “They [the Japanese leadership] feared that if those supplies [raw materials] were cut off, there would be 10 to 12 million people unoccupied [unemployed] in Japan. Their purpose, therefore, in going to war was largely dictated by security.” Clearly, MacArthur, who held the highest authority over the “Tokyo Trials,” denied the Trials’ final judgment that Japan was the “aggressor” in the Pacific War.
Japan has been called the aggressor since the Pearl Harbor attack is generally characterized as a “sneak attack”. However, it was not Japan that decided to strike the first blow but the United States. On July 23, 1941, five months prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed JB-355, a plan to bomb Japan via China
during Japan-U.S. negotiation. (The document that verifies this fact is cited within the essay.)
It is definitely clear that the U.S., not Japan, was the aggressor. This paper
comprehensively proves this fact.