Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

Japanese Emperor Hirohito approves war against U.S., Britain and Holland 70 years ago today (1941)

Video: Hirohito approves war (at 8:21)

(Monday, December 1, 1941, six days before the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor) — Japanese Emperor Hirohito approved a “war against United States, Great Britain and Holland” today during another Imperial Conference, to commence with a surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at its main forward base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.