Recently the Mainichi News on-line reported the following:
毎日新聞 2014年02月25日 07時12分（最終更新 02月25日 09時27分）
Regarding the February 26th Incident happened in 1936 which was the biggest attempted coup d'etat in Japanese modern history, a "secret diary" about the military-police headquarters management that was busy in settling the incident was found. The attack and defense maneuvers made between the martial law headquarters officers who wanted to make the rebellious officers to commit suicide, and the military policemen who tried to secure these people as eye witnesses were described vividly. The primary historical records that described the military-police management had seldom come to light and now a blank in historical researches could be filled up.
What was found was the "Martial law secret diary" of an army major general Yano Hakaru (1887 to 1992) who was the acting commander of the head of the General Affairs Department of the military-police headquarters. In nine sheets of army ruled paper he described events from February 26 till March 2, excluding the 28th, when the incident happened.
After the occurrence of the incident, inside the army the seniors were trying to settle it peaceably while the hard-liners asserted a repression, they were opposing to each other. In order to make an arrest and not to allow them to commit suicide, Yano was busy in going between Department of the Army and the General Staff Office high officials.
The description on the 29th claimed that Kashii Kohei the martial law commander said that "traitor (hanto) officers' crime must be much hated and it is suitable that all officers be killed" etc., and suggested that after arresting them, it was appropriate to make them commit suicide. On the other hand Yano claimed that "this time is the opportunity to clarify the army, these officers would be good witness" etc. All the rebellious officers were arrested except one who had committed suicide.
The "diary" was found together with some 70 historical items in a liquor store, the "Harikae liquor shop" in Narashino-city
in the autumn of
last year. The said store was founded in 1905 and its
relation with military men was deep.Yano was from Chiba and had a local connection. Chiba
Yoko Kato the professor of University of Tokyo (Japanese modern history) was saying that "the extreme viewpoints inside the martial law headquarters were suppressed, the military-police headquarters management’s action to exert themselves in arresting the rebellious officers is understood, and the incident could be seen relatively in three-dimension". [Toshio Kurihara]
Obviously the 2.26 Incident is an important historical event in modern Japanese history. It took place only one year before the Japanese Army made a full scale invasion into