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Shunroku Hata (1879 – 1962)

Field marshal in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II He was appointed as commanding general of the Central China Expeditionary Army in February 1938, to replace General Matsui Iwane.
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Shunroku Hata
We are against dependence on a change in the international situation for the solution of the China Incident.
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I retained no records and I am not a good writer anyhow. So the best approach is for historians like you to extract the facts directly from people like me.
As the rising sun melts thinly frozen ice, so the Japanese Army is overcoming Chinese troops.

Hata Shunroku quotes
The kind of slaughter and violence that we have seen in this war, was in my experience very rare during the Russo-Japanese war. In modern war, the whole people are mobilized. Hence the majority of the troops correspond to the people as a whole. An army in which scandals and atrocities occur in great numbers, must surely reflect a decline in public morality?
Hata Shunroku
Asia, in cooperation with Europe, is about to take simultaneous action towards realization of a New World Order.
Shunroku Hata quotes
We should not miss the present opportunity or we shall be blamed by posterity.
Shunroku Hata
I will take responsibility for all operations.
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