WWII Army General Tojo Patriotic Rising Sun Fan
The paper fan displays an Imperial Rising sun against a background of olive green as worn by the Japanese Army. On the opposite side is extensive printed kanji as written by General Tojo. Japanese Army General Hideki Tojo served as Prime Minister of Japan during World War II. Viewed as a major proponent of the attack against the United States and as bearing responsibility for war crimes against prisoners of war, Tojo was tried for war crimes and executed in 1948. During the war Tojo penned the kanji that appear on the fan and his calligraphy was used for the fan. The kanji is the last line of a 74-stanza song by Fujita Tohko and reads “Protect the Imperial State Forever.” The fan also bears the designation of “Army Minister Tojo Hideki” and the name of the “Army Relief Association”, which printed the fan and sold it to raise funds. Approximately 10 inches long and 16 inches wide. Excellent condition.