Fumio Gotō

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Fumio Gotō
後藤 文夫
Fumio Gotō 1924-28.jpg
Prime Minister of Japan
In office
26 February 1936 – 29 February 1936
Monarch Shōwa
Preceded by Keisuke Okada
Succeeded by Keisuke Okada
Personal details
Born (1884-03-07)7 March 1884
Ōita, Japan
Died 13 May 1980(1980-05-13) (aged 96)
Political party Imperial Rule Assistance Association (1940–1945)
Other political
Independent (Before 1940)
Alma mater Tokyo Imperial University

Fumio Gotō (後藤 文夫, Gotō Fumio, 7 March 1884 – 13 May 1980[1]) was a Japanese politician and bureaucrat, and briefly served as interim Prime Minister of Japan in 1936.


Born in Ōita Prefecture, Gotō was a graduate of the Law School of Tokyo Imperial University in 1909. During his early career in the 1920s, he worked in the Home Ministry, and was Director of Administration within the office of the Governor-General of Taiwan.

In the 1930s, Gotō was appointed to a seat in the House of Peers in the Diet of Japan. He served as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries between 1932 and 1934 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Makoto Saitō, and was later Home Minister in the cabinet of Keisuke Okada.

Immediately after the 26 February Incident, Gotō served as acting Prime Minister while Prime Minister Okada was in hiding from his attempted assassins. He was chairman of the Taisei Yokusankai from 1941–1943, and under the administration of Hideki Tōjō, he served as a Minister of State.

Arrested by the American occupation authorities after the surrender of Japan, he was held in Sugamo Prison in Tokyo awaiting prosecution for war crimes, but was released in 1948 without trial. From April 1953 to June 1959, he served as a member of House of Councillors in the post-war Diet of Japan. He was appointed a Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in November 1971.


Political offices
Preceded by
Keisuke Okada
Prime Minister of Japan

Succeeded by
Keisuke Okada
Preceded by
Yamamoto Tatsuo
Home Minister
8 July 1934 – 9 March 1936
Succeeded by
Shigenosuke Ushio
Preceded by
Teijirō Yamamoto
Minister of Agriculture & Forestry
26 May 1932 – 8 July 1934
Succeeded by
Tatsunosuke Yamazaki