Ryūzō Sejima

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Ryūzō Sejima
Born December 9, 1911
Toyama, Japan
Died September 4, 2007(2007-09-04) (aged 95)
Chofu, Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army (IJA)
Years of service 1932-1945
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Battles/wars World War II (Pacific War)
Awards Order of the Sacred Treasure, Grand Cordon
Other work Chairman of Itochu Corporation
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Sejima".

Ryūzō Sejima (瀬島 龍三 Sejima Ryūzō?, December 9, 1911 – September 4, 2007) was a Japanese army officer and business leader.

Born in Toyama, Japan, he graduated from The Army War College (陸軍大学 Rikugun Daigaku?) in 1944. During the Pacific War, he was as a staff officer at the Imperial Headquarters. He instructed the Guadalcanal recovery strategy, New Guinea strategy, and in July 1945 moved out to the Kwantung Army as a staff officer, where he negotiated Japan's cease-fire with Soviet General Aleksandr Vasilevsky.

He became a prisoner of war alongside General Otozō Yamada following Japan's surrender in 1945, and was detained for 11 years in Siberia. He was briefly flown from Vladivostok to Tokyo in 1946 to testify at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.

Following his return from Siberia, he joined Itochu Corporation in 1958, becoming a director in 1962 and serving as Chairman of the Board from 1978 to 1981. He remained a senior advisor to Itochu until his retirement in 2000. During the 1980s, he served as a member of the Ad Hoc Commission on Administrative Reform and as an advisor to Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone. He was also chairman of the board of Asia University and the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery.


  • 『幾山河』Ikusanga (Sankei Newspapers),
  • 『大東亜戦争の実相』"real of Greater East Asia War" (PHP)

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