Mr Tanimoto at first started off seeming very smug to me. He ran past others without helping until he meet up with the other religious leaders. On pg. 30 "As a Christian he was filled with compassion for those who were trapped, and as Japanese he was overwhelmed by the shame of being unhurt, and he prayed as he ran. 'God help them and take them out of the fire'". He ran past screaming people asking for help for miles without stopping to help a single one. I would think that if you weren't hurt, that you should be the one helping others who can't help themselves because they are hurt. It appeared that he was only truly concerned about his church people. After meeting up with his wife and child, "Mr. Tanimoto said he wanted to see his church and take care of the people of his Neighborhood Association. They parted as casually-- as bewildered-- as they had met" pg. 31. During those few pages on Mr. Tanimoto, I was so annoyed with him. However, later on when he met up with the other religious leaders, he actually was helping people and did good. I think maybe Mr. Tanimoto ran past others because it was all too much for him at first; it was his initial response. Or Mr. Tanimoto reacted this way because he knew were his area of service was at. Possibly it was because he was to focus on covering his neighborhood only.
Part Two: Emperor Hirohito status and role.
|This is a young picture of Emperor Hirohito.|
He was made crown prince at age 15. He is still the longest-reigning emperor from Japan. He was known as a "gentle man" and had the people of Japan a bit worried. He had limited authority over the military and politics. The military revolted and assassinated public officials. The military wanted the war and wanted to attack Pearl Harbor. According to my reference, "Hirohito was said to be unenthusiastic about Japan's involvement in the war, but was often pictured in uniform to show his support". On 1945, as we learned from our reading, Hirohito broke the precedent of imperial silence and announced the nation's surrender. According to my reference, many wanted Hirohito to be tried as a war criminal. This brought about a new Japanese constitution where his imperial divinity was no more. And because of this new constitution and Hirohito, Japan became more politically stable. From my understanding, the emperor did not make decisions or give orders, he was just the 'face' to everything.