Some traditional associations with Aries: Countries: England, France, Germany, Denmark. Herbs and aromatics: mustard, capers, Cayenne pepper, chilli peppers.Cities: Marseille, Florence, Naples, Birmingham, Wroclaw, Leicester, Capua, Verona. Flowers and plants: thistles, mint, bryonies, honeysuckles. Stones, Metals and Salts: diamonds, iron, potassium phosphate.In 1928 he was made commander of the lst Infantry Regiment, members of which participated in a mutiny of the .Tōjō succeeded Konoe as prime minister on October 18, 1941, and pledged his government to a Greater East Asia program, a “New Order in Asia.” He retained control of the Ministry of War and was also minister of commerce and from 1943.He decided that a massive knock-out blow would be sufficient to remove America from the Pacific. He was an esteemed administrator and skillful field commander and became noted as a stern disciplinarian.In the summer of 1940, Tojo became Minister of War in the government and he saw that Japan’s future lay with the European dictators, especially Adolf Hitler () who were much admired in Japan.
Serving as both prime minister and army minister, at various times he also held the portfolios of home affairs (giving him control of the dreaded “thought police”), education, munitions, commerce and industry, and foreign affairs.Wartime leader of Japan’s government, General Tôjô Hideki (1884-1948), with his close-cropped hair, mustache, and round spectacles, became for Allied propagandists one of the most commonly caricatured members of Japan’s military dictatorship throughout the Pacific war.Shrewd at bureaucratic infighting and fiercely partisan in presenting the army’s perspective while army minister, he was surprisingly indecisive as national leader.He pushed for alliance with Germany (where he had served in 1920-1922) and Italy, and he supported the formation of a broad political front of national unity. Although Tôjô supported last-minute diplomatic efforts, he gave final approval to the attacks on the United States, Great Britain, and the Dutch East Indies in December 1941.Japan’s early victories greatly strengthened his personal prestige and his assertion that there were times when statesmen had to “have faith in Victory.” When the war intensified, Japan’s losses mounted, and its fragile industrial foundations threatened to collapse.Tôjô had his only combat experience later that year, leading two brigades on operations in Inner Mongolia.