Kazuo Mizutani

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Kazuo Mizutani
Born April 22, 1899
Mie Prefecture
Died November 25, 1949(1949-11-25) (aged 50)
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Rank Chief of Staff
Unit First Imperial Guards Division (Eastern District Army)

Kazuo Mizutani (水谷一生, Mizutani Kazuo?, April 22, 1899 – November 25, 1949) was chief of staff to Takeshi Mori, commander of the First Imperial Guards Division, at the end of World War II.

Mizutani was in his office, listening to Col. Masataka Ida's explanation of a plot to prevent Japan's surrender, when Gen. Mori was killed by the lead conspirator, Maj. Kenji Hatanaka. He then went with Ida to the headquarters of the Eastern District Army to report the murder.


  • Brooks, Lester. Behind Japan's Surrender: The Secret Struggle That Ended an Empire. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1968.