Forming the TEN-GO idea
I'm temporarily saving here some text from the Seagraves' book, which I think is wrong in terms of the high command officers involved. My first looks in Bix and Bergamini didn't reveal the conversation with Hirohito that I've seen a few times before. The words to Ito, however, do seem to have multiple confirmation, but there's uncertainty both on the Imperial conversation and who drafted the orders for Ito.according to the Seagraves, The last mission was triggered by a discussion between Admiral Koshiro Okawa, chief of the Naval General Staff, and Emperor Hirohito. Admiral Ryunosuke Kusaka, Okawa's chief of staff, stated its essence to Vice Admiral Seiichi Ito, commanding Second Fleet, who would lead the final and futile mission.
...we want you to die. Sooner or later, it will come to a special attack by the entire nation, the hundred million of them. We want you to die admirably as a model for the nation.Howard C. Berkowitz 17:46, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
- Denis Warner, Peggy Warner, Sadao Seno (1984), Chapter 12, the Tide at Sunset, The Sacred Warriors: Japan's Suicide Legions, Avon, ISBN 0380676788, p. 199