Kōtarō Nakamura

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Kōtarō Nakamura
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General Kōtarō Nakamura
Native name 中村 孝太郎
Born (1881-08-28)28 August 1881
Ishikawa prefecture, Japan
Died 29 August 1947(1947-08-29) (aged 66)
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1901–1943
Rank General
Commands held
Other work Army Minister

Kōtarō Nakamura (中村 孝太郎, Nakamura Kōtarō, 28 August 1881 – 29 August 1947) was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army and very briefly Army Minister in the 1930s. Also won many awards for his duty on the battlefield by japans prime minister.


Nakamura was a native of Ishikawa Prefecture. He was educated in military preparatory schools from early youth, and graduated from the 13th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1901, and from the 21st class of the Army Staff College in 1909, where his classmates included Hisaichi Terauchi and Yoshijirō Umezu.

Nakamura served in various administrative and staff positions within the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff for almost his entire career. He was sent as a military attaché to Sweden from 1920 to 1921.

After his promotion to lieutenant colonel, Nakamura was assigned command of the IJA 67th Infantry Regiment from 1922 to 1923. He returned to the General Staff from 1923 to 1927. In 1927, Nakamura was promoted to major general and commanded the IJA 39th Infantry Brigade. From 1929 to 1930, he was the Chief of Staff of the Chosen Army in Korea.[1]

Nakamura served as Chief of the Personnel Bureau in the General Staff from 1930 to 1932. He returned to the field as the commander of the Japanese China Garrison Army in 1932, and was shortly thereafter promoted to lieutenant general. In 1934, Nakamura became commander of the 8th Army. He was recalled to Tokyo in December 1935 to serve as Deputy Inspector-General of Military Training.

From 2 to 7 February 1937, Nakamura became Army Minister for a brief seven-day stint under Prime Minister Senjūrō Hayashi.

Afterwards, Nakamura was appointed commander of the Eastern District Army, and was promoted to full general in 1938. Nakamura then became commander of the Chosen Army from 1938 to 1941.

From 1941 until his retirement due to poor health in 1943 Nakamura served as a member of the Supreme War Council. Nakamura died shortly after the end of World War II on 29 August 1947.



  • Harries, Meirion (1994). Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army. Random House. ISBN 0-679-75303-6. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ammenthorp, The Generals of World War II
Political offices
Preceded by
Hisaichi Terauchi
Army Minister
Feb 1937 – Feb 1937
Succeeded by
Hajime Sugiyama
Military offices
Preceded by
Shizuichi Tanaka
Commander Eastern District Army
December 1941 – May 1943
Succeeded by
Kenji Doihara
Preceded by
Kuniaki Koiso
Commander IJA Chosen Army
July 1938 – July 1941
Succeeded by
Seishirō Itagaki
Preceded by
Kohei Kashii
Commander IJA China Garrison Army
February 1932 – March 1934
Succeeded by
Yoshijirō Umezu