The plotters were Maj. Hidemasa Koga, Lieutenant Colonel Masataka Ida, Capt. Nobuo Kitabatake, Capt. Shigetaro Uehara, Major Kenji Hatanaka and Lt. Col. Masataka Ida, Lt. Col. Masahiko Takeshita, Lt. Col. Masao Inaba, Lt. Col. Jiro Shiizaki and Col. Okitsugu Arao. There were a few others who also joined the plot, but their roles were minor. According to some sources, Col. Taro Watanabe was also involved, but the way I understand it, he was actually the victim of a forged order, and when convinced of the truth, he decided not to send his troops to reinforce those who had taken the Imperial Palace. When the plotters Maj. Kenji Hatanaka and Capt. Shigetaro Uehara saw that no more reinforcements were coming, they left the palace and committed hara-kiri. The troops were then led out of the palace and the pre-recorded surrender speech was aired. The Second World War ended at that time.
Interestingly enough, Matasaka Ida was indeed a plotter, but his role seems to have been quite minor. He did try to get others to join the plot, but failed to do so. He survived the war and went on to publish his memoirs.
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