Why Is Joseph Grew So Important To Japan

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Joseph Grew was born May 27,1880 in Boston, MA and died May 25,1965. He was the son of Edward Sturgis Grew, a wool merchant, and Annie Crawford Clark Grew. Grew attended Harvard after graduating from a boys preparatory school “Groton”. Grew married Alice Perry and had 4 daughters. His first job was as a clerk at the American consulate in Cairo, Egypt. He served as Ambassador of Japan from 1932 until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Since Grew lived in Japan he knew that the Japanese emperor 's was so important to them, they looked up to their emperor as a god. He told President Truman on May 28, 1945, "The greatest obstacle to unconditional surrender by the Japanese is their belief that this would entail the destruction or permanent removal
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