On December 1, Tokyo confirmed the orders to take Nanking. At that time he again planned the shadow of the responsibility of the Japanese imperial family in the crimes. The Japanese expeditionary force was preparing for the assault, but General Matsui became ill and was indisposed. On December 7, Prince Asaka Yasuhiko, uncle of the same Emperor Hirohito, assumed command. The latter had assigned Asaka to the capital of China to be redeemed for not having given support to his nephew when he acceded to the throne in 196.

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