Monday, March 21, 1921 Yamagata, Hara and Tanaka

Minister of Army, Giichi Tanaka visited Aritomo Yamagata at the Odawara Koki-an. Prime Minister Hara takashi and Minister of Land Tanaka informed him of their support for Yamagata. At the time, Yamagata was under voluntary leave in Odawara due to a serious incident at the Imperial Court, and was in a difficult situation, but he was greatly encouraged by Hara’s message of support, and came to appreciate and rely on Hara.

In the past, the visit of Giichi Tanaka, Minister of Army to Koki-an was scheduled for Saturday, March 19. However, when I checked the newspaper article again this time, it turned out that the visit was scheduled for Monday, March 21, two days later than planned. However, when I checked the newspaper article again this time, I found that the visit was scheduled for Monday, March 21, two days later than planned. The schedule may have been delayed because of the confusion in the Hakone/Odawara area caused by the storm on Sunday, March 20.

On March 16, Prime Minister Hara and Minister of Army Tanaka agreed that it was necessary to rescue Yamagata from his current predicament, and as already mentioned, Tanaka visited him on March 19. On March 27, feeling reassured by his outspoken private secretary, Matsumoto, Yamagata made the following comment in praise of Hara: “I think it’s important for us to get Hara out of his predicament.

On March 27, feeling secure in the hands of his tight-lipped private secretary, Matsumoto, Yamagata praised Hara, saying, “I don’t know what will happen next depending on Hara’s behavior, but I think that Hara has done an outstanding job in the way he has handled the current assembly. Some people say that Hara has no empire, no ambition, but his character and his way of doing things are truly admirable.

Some people say that Hara has no empire, no aspirations, but his personality and way of doing things are truly admirable. However, it must have taken about a week for Yamagata, who had been an enemy of political parties and party politics, to come to admire Hara. What were the thoughts that were going through Yamagata’s mind during this time? I thought that I had worked hard to train successors and that I had nurtured many people, including Katsura, Terauchi and Kiyoura, but in the end they were all mere functionaries. In the end, however, they were all mere functionaries. We were unable to train anyone who was truly spirited and dependable. Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Tanaka and Governor-General of Taiwan Den are human resources in their own right, but I am not sure if they can be as good as Hara. In terms of nurturing his successors, he was no match for Hirobumi Ito. Yamgata must have thought about it deeply and had no choice but to agree.

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