The King of Manchuria

Danny Orbach

in Curse on This Country

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9781501705281
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781501708343
The King of Manchuria

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This chapter examines the assassination of Zhang Zuolin, the powerful warlord of Manchuria, in 1928 by a group of young Japanese officers led by Kōmoto Daisaku. It begins with a discussion of the two military ideas on which Kōmoto's plot was based: a reinvigorated version of the supreme prerogative system and the concept known as “operational discretion” (dokudan senkō). It then considers Japan's dilemma regarding Manmō, the Japanese abbreviation for “Manchuria and Inner Mongolia.” It also analyzes Kōmoto's personality and his tendency for insubordination, along with the conspiracy to kill Zhang Zuolin. It shows that Kōmoto plotted the assassination of Zhang Zuolin in complete defiance of both government and military high command.

Keywords: assassination; Zhang Zuolin; Manchuria; Japan; Kōmoto Daisaku; supreme prerogative system; operational discretion; Manmō; Inner Mongolia; conspiracy

Chapter.  14635 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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