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Danny Orbach

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705281

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705281.001.0001

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The King of Manchuria

The King of Manchuria

Kōmoto Daisaku and the Assassination of Zhang Zuolin, 1928

(p.161) 8 The King of Manchuria
Curse on This Country

Danny Orbach

Cornell University Press

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

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