Two days later Hirohito went to see MacArthur, and in a private meeting they seemed to form a working relationship for cooperation. MacArthur was surprised and impressed that the Emperor accepted “sole responsibility for every political and military decision made and action taken by my people in the conduct of war.”6 Later MacArthur gave Hirohito credit for playing “a major role in the spiritual regeneration of Japan.” The main post-war prime minister Yoshida believed that not prosecuting and executing the Emperor was the greatest single factor that made the occupation a success.


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