Dec 01, 1941
Japan made its irrevocable decision to go to war. A council meeting in the imperial presence ended with a unanimous vote to begin hostilities. The minutes of the meeting read: "Our negotiations with the United States regarding the execution of our national policy, adopted November 5, have finally failed. Japan will open hostilities against the United States, Great Britain and the Netherlands." Tojo led the meeting. Emperor Hirohito did not speak at all.
Theater: Pacific Theater
Source: World War II Almanac: 1931-1945