The deplorable incident in the capital!
TOKYO, Wednesday. - in the early hours of the morning the center of Tokyo has been closed by soldiers of the Imperial Japan Army. The sounds of gunshots were heard in the distance. Metropolitan Police Department, Official Residence of the Home Minister Goto Fumio , the department of the Army, the General staff office, several newspaper companies, the Political Centers, including Tokyo districts; Nagata-cho, Kasumigaseki, Akasaka, and Miyake-zaka has been closed. The government forces surrounded the soldiers occupying Tokyo. No panic has been reported in the surrounding districts. In the afternoon a notice was announced by the name of Army Minister Kawashima:
"1. The purpose of your actions has been reported to His Majesty.
2. We recognize that your motives are based on a sincere desire to clarify the national polity.
3. The current situation concerning the [inadequate] manner in which the true nature of the national polity is being clarified (including its defilement) is a matter of great regret to us.
4. All the supreme war councilors have agreed to unite and move forward in accordance with the principles stated above.
5. Beyond this everything depends upon His Majesty's will."
TOKYO, Thursday. - Martial law has been proclaimed in order to prevent the crisis from spreading. The police and the navy officials are afraid as it might be the start of, what they think, military regime, but the Emperor's will must be done. According to ealier reports some of the government's officials were killed during the incident, however, exact facts are still unknown. It is confirmed that Prime Minister Okada was able to escape from his residence with help from the military police NCOs.
TOKYO, Saturday. - Between 5:10 and 8:30 the area has been closed and civilians were evacuated from the area of the incident. By the evening almost all rebelious troops has surrendered, with expection of Captain Nonaka who comitted suicide. Saito Makoto, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Takahashi Korekiyo, Finance Minister, and Watanabe Jotaro, Inspector General of Military Training, are dead. Okada escaped assassination because the insurgents killed his brother-in-law, Captain Matsuo Denzo, by mistake. There are casualties amongst on-duty policemen and soldiers loyal to the government. The Emperor Himself will honor the fallen. Soldiers and officers responsible for the whole affair are in custody, awaiting trial.
Boycott of the Second London Naval Treaty
TOKYO, Thursday. - The Second London Naval Disarmament Conference opened in London, the United Kingdom, on 9 December 1935. It resulted in the Second London Naval Treaty which was signed on 25 March 1936. The main goal of the Treaty was to limit technological race of major powers by investing large sums in naval technology and large fleets, to prevent bankruptcy. In theory. In reality, the purpose of it was to ensure that the United Kingdoms will remain the main naval player. Our Heavenly Sovereign saw the Treaty as yet another attempt to limit our State's greatness and refused to take part in it. Italy and Germany also didn't sign the Treaty.
Anti-Comintern Pact signed
TOKYO, Tuesday. - Today our Emperor has signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, in order to maintain the balance of power in the world as well as to preserve our national interests against growing communist threat. The Emperor has expressed his strong desire of further and more detailed cooperation between states of Germany and Japan. Republic of China, being in a state of civil war with the People's Republic of China since 1927, also joined the Pact, escalating the conflict between these two nations.
The End of Civil War?
TOKYO, Saturday. - The Chinese Civil war came to an end, it seems. Two days ago, in 24 December 1936, the Chinese Nationalist Party decided to stop war with the People's Republic of China and "unite against the common threat". This can only be seen as danger to our glorious nation, when the neighboring state conspire with the communists so openly. The involvement of Zhang Xueliang, whose name surfaces from time to time during the discussions about Xi'an incident, remains unknown.