World History

"Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy"

Eri Hotta

About the Program

Eri Hotta, former research fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, examines the attack on Pearl Harbor and entry into World War II from the Japanese perspective.  The author recounts the inner deliberations that led to the attack, which included many who wished to avoid war but continue Japan's territorial expansion and a fractured political landscape that included two authorities, the emperor and the civilian government.  Eri Hotta speaks with historian Ian Buruma at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City.

About the Authors

Eri Hotta

Eri Hotta is a former research fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo and has taught at Hebrew University and Oxford University.


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"Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy"

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Past Airings

  • Saturday, February 1st at 1:15pm (ET)
  • Sunday, January 5th at 12:30am (ET)
  • Wednesday, December 25th at 10:45am (ET)
  • Tuesday, December 24th at 5:45pm (ET)
  • Sunday, December 22nd at 1pm (ET)
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