Government by assassination

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Government by assassination has been used[1] to describe the political situation in the Empire of Japan in the 1930s. Most notably, it refers to the assassination of Inukai Tsuyoshi in the May 15 Incident of 1932, as well as the February 26 Incident of 1936, in which Saitō Makoto and Takahashi Korekiyo were killed. The period saw the rise of Japanese militarism and can be seen as leading to Japan's involvement in World War II.

See also[edit]

  • Gekokujō
  • Interwar period


  1. Byas, Hugh; Government by Assassination (e-Book); Taylor & Francis 2010


  • Beasley, W.G. (2000). The Rise of Modern Japan, 3rd Edition: Political, Economic, and Social Change since 1850. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-23373-6. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Borkwith, Mark (1989). Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-3471-3. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Oka, Yoshitake (1984). Five Political Leaders of Modern Japan: Ito Hirobumi, Okuma Shigenobu, Hara Takashi, Inukai Tsuyoshi, and Saionji Kimmochi. University of Tokyo Press. ISBN 0-86008-379-9. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Sims, Richard (2001). Japanese Political History Since the Meiji Restoration 1868-2000. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-23915-7. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Spector, Ronald (1985). Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan. Vintage. ISBN 0-394-74101-3. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Toland, John (2003). The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 (reprint ed.). Modern Library. ISBN 0-8129-6858-1. Search this book on Logo.png

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