Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fact of the Day: Jiro Horikoshi

Jiro Horikoshi designed a few of the most notable aircraft used by Japan during World War II, including the legendary Mitsubishi A6M Zero plane. Despite being the brains behind the planes, Horikoshi was extremely critical of Japan's government during the wartime. He would later write his dissent about the war a few years later. 

When we awoke on the morning of December 8, 1941, we found ourselves — without any foreknowledge — to be embroiled in war... Since then, the majority of us who had truly understood the awesome industrial strength of the United States never really believed that Japan would win this war. We were convinced that surely our government had in mind some diplomatic measures which would bring the conflict to a halt before the situation became catastrophic for Japan. But now, bereft of any strong government move to seek a diplomatic way out, we are being driven to doom. Japan is being destroyed. I cannot do anything other but to blame the military hierarchy and the blind politicians in power for dragging Japan into this hellish cauldron of defeat.

13 comments:

stephen Hayes said...

Another reason why you should never paint everyone with the same brush.

Cloudia said...

Wise man. Dreaming & achieving flight. Fit for high places and thoughts.


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Dascha said...

Wow, interesting!

xoxo

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

He looks like he's 14 years old. Wise beyond his years.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Politicians...ugh...

Optimistic Existentialist said...

He was very brave to have written that...

Margaret D said...

Gosh, it's a wonder he got away with saying that...good on him anyway.

Christine said...

Interesting.

Pilar Domínguez said...

Advances always have a negative point at their back. Like the inventors of the atomic bomb .Kisses:)

Pat Hatt said...

Politicians are the cause of much of the crap, unable to pull their head from their arse

Kati said...

Engineering is the one thing; too bad he couldn't influence what was done with it.

-Kati

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Very interesting.. Regards..

Mary Kirkland said...

Brilliant guy but I'm sure he didn't care for what was done with his creation.