Tamaki Hiroshi joins Yakusho Koji in Yamamoto Isoroku film

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Tamaki Hiroshi (31) will play a key role in the big-budget movie “Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku,” it has been revealed. The movie, which was announced in May, stars Yakusho Koji (55) as Yamamoto Isoroku, the commander-in-chief of Japan’s Combined Fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.

Tamaki is taking on the part of Shindo, a reporter at a newspaper called the Tokyo Nippou. At the time of the war, newspapers held a huge amount of influence, and the prevailing opinion was to go to war against the United States. However, Shindo meets Yamamoto for an interview, and as he listens to Yamamoto’s desire to avoid a war with the United States, he changes his own mind and becomes conflicted about his stance on the war.

Kagawa Teruyuki (45) will play Shindo’s boss at the Tokyo Nippou. Other reporters are being played by Masuoka Toru (54) and Hakamada Yoshihiko (37). Seto Asaka (34) will play the proprietress of a small restaurant that the reporters frequent, and Tanaka Lena (31) is a dancer who is another one of the restaurant’s regular customers.

“Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku” opens in theaters on December 23, 2011.

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  • AK

    “At the time of the war, newspapers held a huge amount of influence, and
    the prevailing opinion was to go to war against the United States.”

    That is not correct. At the time of the war, newspapers printed what the government allowed them to print. Supporting the propaganda about the ABCD encirclement (and similar), that had been pushed for years in schools by the government, was essentially the only way for newspapers to survive. Any reporter who wrote against this would certainly be arrested and would disappear in the dungeons of the different “special” police units. Thus, of course, many newspapers pushed for war. A war, that was already planned by the leaders. Japan had to expand into the Pacific, to try and snatch resources there, because the war in China was eating up manpower and resources on an insane rate. The only question was how to attack “weak” America.

    But the attack would come and that was not because of the influence from some newspapers. It was because Tojo and the rest of these fools and cowards, including Hirohito, wanted war with “weak” America. The papers simply repeated what the government told them and riled up the masses. Similar to Nazi Germany.

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