General Richter: These people are barbaric.
General Bonner Fellers: They have different ideas of honor.
General Douglas MacArthur: I don't want the Communists in here. But Washington wants vengance on the emperor, because their voters do, and their voters have no fucking idea what's good for them.
General Douglas MacArthur: After careful consideration, I've decided that General Richter can go piss up a rope.
General Bonner Fellers: McArthur believes in honor.
General Richter: And glory. His own, of course. At your expense.
General Kajima: We did our duty, but we lost our humanity. You must understand, we Japanese are a selfless people capable of immense sacrifice because of our complete devotion to a set of ideas. We are also ruthless warriors capable of unspeakable crimes because of that same complete devotion. I cannot tell you if the Emperor is guilty or innocent. I don't know if he brought us to war, but he has brought us to peace.
General Douglas MacArthur: Gentlemen, we will take no weapons with us when we step off this airplane. Nothing will impress them more than a show of absolute fearlessness. If they don't know they're licked by now, they will get the picture today. Now let's show them some good old-fashioned American swagger.
General Kajima: There are two Japanese words you should know. Tatemae, the way things appear. Honne, the way things really are. When you look at Japan, you see the most modern and westernised of Asian countries, but that is tatemae, the surface.
General Bonner Fellers: And honne?
General Kajima: It is the true heartbeat of my country, which is more than 2000 years old, it has nothing to do with the west. Japan runs on the ancient warrior code of loyalty and obedience.
General Bonner Fellers: [Narrating, while his Army transport plane approaches Tokyo] Japan has surrendered, brought to its knees by the most terrible weapon ever devised: the atomic bomb. The country is a smoking ruin. Despite this, their ruler, Emperor Hirohito, is still worshipped by his people as a living god. We have placed this "Sacred Son of Heaven" on the protected list - until we decide what to do with him... I fear the Japan I fell in love with will be scarred beyond recognition. I'm seeing aerial reconnaissance photos, but they only tell part of the story.
General Bonner Fellers: You know the Emperor well.
Prince Konoe: As well as anyone can know His Majesty.
General Bonner Fellers: Was he against the war?
Prince Konoe: His Majesty is against all wars. He is a pacifist by nature - very gentle.
General Bonner Fellers: Yet he gave permission for Pearl Harbor.
Prince Konoe: When Tojo and the militarists took power, His Majesty was... "drawn in". It was a national delusion.
General Bonner Fellers: Could he have stopped it?
Prince Konoe: I don't know. I was removed from power by then.
General Bonner Fellers: So The Emperor does bear responsibility for starting the war?
Prince Konoe: It's not a black and white issue, General.
General Bonner Fellers: Millions of people died in his name. Your skies were filled with kamikazes. Atrocities were committed every day, as he expanded his empire - invading, conquering, decimating.
Prince Konoe: [Standing up] You incinerated two of our cities, turning our children into shadows on the walls. We are both guilty. Yes, we seized territory in China, but did not Great Britain, even Portugal, precede us? Yes, we took Singapore and the Malaya, but we took it from the British. We did not take the Philippines from the Filipinos, but from the Americans, who themselves took it from the Spanish! If it is an international crime to take territory by force, who convicted the British, French, Dutch and American leaders?... Nobody. And what is different with Japan? Nothing... You see, General, we are simply following your fine example.
General Bonner Fellers: I don't need a history lesson, Your Excellency.
Prince Konoe: The only thing I know for certain is, during the war, there was a fever over Japan. I was part of that fever. I cannot give you what you want, General.
Aya Shimada: [Noticing Bonner Fellers looking at a propaganda pamphlet on her shelf] The Army is teaching kids to hate foreigners. Those pamphlets on the shelf - they hand them out everywhere. I hate what it's doing to people.
Emperor Hirohito: [Stands up, appeals directly to MacArthur in careful English] I come to you, General MacArthur, to offer myself as the one to bear sole responsibility. I wish that the punishment will fall on me, not on Japan.
General Douglas MacArthur: I appreciate that. Please be seated... This has nothing to do with punishment, Your Majesty. I need your help. So, let's see what we can do to get Japan back on its feet.