Baron Sadao Araki was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II. As one of the principal nationalist right-wing political theorists in the Empire of Japan, he was regarded as the leader of the radical faction within the politicized Imperial Japanese Army and served as Minister of War under Prime Minister Inukai. He later served as Minister of Education during the Konoe and Hiranuma administrations. After World War II, he was convicted of war crimes and given a life sentence.
|Having uncritically accepted [Western] culture in everything, we now find we have lost our hold on the autonomous ideals of the Japanese race.||Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism|
|It is always upon the spirit that I lay stress. The world should know more about our spirit, for the world has tended to ignore Asiatic civilization. I am firmly convinced that the fundamentals of Asiatic civilization are just as good as the European||Equality & Equal Opportunity|
|My view is laissez-faire as far as Russia is concerned. They should have full freedom to develop the Socialist cause in their own country, but I strongly object to their ideas in our country. The Communists treat human beings like machines and I am opposed to this machine-like view of human institutions.||Miscellaneous|
|The Imperial [military] forces exist as moral entities. They defend not only Japan’s territorial needs, but also the enterprising spirit of the state and its everlasting nature, which is coeval with heaven and earth.||Military & Veterans|