chapter  4
The Emperor and war, 1937–1940
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The Emperor’s interest in influencing affairs of state was evident to Craigie when he presented his credentials at court as Britain’s ambassador to Japan in September, 1937. With the Sino-Japanese War then in its third month, Craigie noted the Emperor ‘was genuinely anxious to play a useful and beneficial role in world affairs’, the discussion of which caused his face to assume ‘an eager, almost anxious expression, indicative of his deep concern with current events’ (Craigie 1946:46).