List of Japanese government and military commanders of World War II

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Central government[edit]

Supreme head of state[edit]

  • Emperor Hirohito: supreme Commander in Chief of Armed Imperial Forces, head of state, and representative of the "Imperial Sun Lineage", State Shinto and Worship national god image, and chief of the Imperial Household Ministry.
Soldiers parading before emperor Shōwa on imperial stallion Shirayuki

President of the Imperial Council[edit]

Main article: Gozen Kaigi
  • Yoshimichi Hara: President of the "Imperial Council" and "Imperial Throne Council of War" also the Emperor's representatives

Chairman of the Imperial Advisory Council[edit]

Imperial family members[edit]

The following were closely involved in the government:

Prince Yasuhito Chichibu in 1940

Vice Chairman of the Councilors of Court[edit]

Prime Ministers[edit]

  • Senjuro Hayashi: Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of Kwantung Army, Minister of War, member of Imperial Privy Council amongst political adviser in Taisei Yokusankai
  • Kōki Hirota: Prime Minister, also chief of secret services in the Black Dragon Society
  • Fumimaro Konoe: Prime Minister; in his second term organized the Tonarigumi organization, Nation Service Society official government syndicate, and Taisei Yokusankai (Imperial Rule Assistance Association) group amongst official expert of Jews affairs
  • Hiranuma Kiichirō: General in Imperial Forces, Prime Minister, Home Affairs and Justice Minister, chief of Keishicho Police forces, Minister without Portfolio, founder and leader in Shintoist Rites Research Council amongst Last President of Imperial Privy Council
  • Nobuyuki Abe: Imperial Army General, Prime Minister, member of Imperial Privy Council, political adviser in militarist Genro grouping and last Governor in Chosen
  • Mitsumasa Yonai:Imperial Navy Admiral, Prime Minister, Minister of Marine, Chief of War Relief Association, expert in Jews topics amongst Imperial and Supreme War Councillor
  • Hideki Tōjō: Prime Minister, Home Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Trade Minister, War Minister, Head of Kodoha Party; also Commander-in-Chief of Japanese Imperial Forces in same period, also led the Keishicho (Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department); also was for some time head of the Munitions Ministry.
  • Koiso Kuniaki: Prime Minister and head of Ministry of Greater East Asia (Japan), Vice-Minister of War, also commander of the Imperial Volunteer Corps defensive organization
  • Kantarō Suzuki: Imperial Navy Admiral, Marine Minister, Military Councillor, Grand Chamberlain and Privy Councilor, later Prime Minister
  • Prince Higashikuni Naruhiko: Prime Minister, Staff Officer, Army General Staff Headquarters, Military Councilor, Chief of the Army Aeronautical Department, and Commander-in-Chief of the Home Defense Headquarters

Chief Cabinet Secretary[edit]

  • Kenji Tomita: Chief Cabinet Secretary in Minister Konoe period

Military Secretary to Prime Minister[edit]

Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal[edit]

Imperial Privy Council[edit]

Main article: Privy Council (Japan)

President of Privy Council

Privy Councillors

Imperial State Council[edit]

Imperial Aide to the Crown Prince[edit]

Military Aide-de-Camp[edit]

Grand Chamberlain[edit]

Main article: Chamberlain of Japan

House of Representatives[edit]

House of Peers[edit]

Imperial Supreme War Command (1937-1945)[edit]

Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Armed Imperial Forces

He also led the Imperial Supreme War Council conferences and meetings, in some cases a member of the Imperial Family was sent to represent him at such strategic conferences.

Imperial General Headquarters (Dai Honei)[edit]

Established in 1937


Minister of War

Japanese Army Strategic Thought Group

Aide to War Minister, IGHQ

Staff officer IGHQ

Operations Bureau's Organization and Mobilization Section, IGHQ

  • Saburo Hayashi: Chief of Operations Bureau's Organization and Mobilization Section, IGHQ
  • Seijun Inada: Chief of Operations Bureau's Organization and Mobilization Section, IGHQ

Russian Section of Intelligence Department, IGHQ

  • Saburo Hayashi: Chief of Russian Section of Intelligence Department, IGHQ

Army Inner Liaison (Army Section), Military Affairs Bureau, Army Ministry, IGHQ

  • Masao Inaba:Army inner liaison (Army Section), Military Affairs Bureau, Army Ministry, IGHQ

Imperial Japanese Army General Staff (Tokyo HQ)

Army Zone Commands

Army Regional Commands

Army Tactical Commands

General Command of Southern Army

Army Tactical Commands

Army High Level Inner Liaison with Army General Staff, IGHQ

  • Shuichi Miyazaki: Chief, First Bureau, Army General Staff Headquarters, attended operational liaison conference between IGHQ, Southern Army, and Fourteenth Area Army (Manila)

Minister of the Navy

Japanese Navy Strategic Thinking Group

Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff (Tokyo HQ)

Navy General Staff of Combined Fleet (Japan, later Truk HQ)

Navy Tactical Commands

Navy-Army General Staff (IGHQ) Liaison Officer

  • Takushiro Hattori: Member (Army-Navy high level liaison), Naval General Staff; Naval Staff Officer (Operations) IGHQ; Section Chief (Operations), Army General Staff, IGHQ; Army Section Member, Naval General Staff Naval Staff Officer, IGHQ (Operations).
  • Joichiro Sanada: Chief, Second Section, (Army-Navy high level liaison) Army General Staff Headquarters; Staff Officer, IGHQ (Navy Section)

Inspectorate General of Military Training IGHQ

Inspectorate General of Aviation IGHQ

Imperial Supreme War Council (Senso-shi-do)[edit]

Prince Kotohito Kan'in at the time of the russo-japanese war

Chief Secretary of Supreme War Council

Supreme War Councilor

Military Councilors

General Sadao Araki

"Imperial Throne Council of War"

President of the Imperial Throne Council of War

Imperial War Councilor

Home Defence[edit]

Home Defense Headquarters[edit]


  • Fifth Area Army and Northern Army District (Sapporo)
  • Eleventh Area Army and Northeastern Army District (Sendai)
  • Twelfth Area Army and Eastern Army District (Tokyo)
  • Thirteenth Area Army and Tokai Army District (Nagoya)
  • Fifteenth Area Army and Central Army District (Osaka)
  • Shikoku Army District (Zentsuji)
  • Sixteenth Area Army and Western Army District (Fukuoka)
  • Seventeenth Area Army and Korea Army District (Seoul)
  • Tenth Area Army and Formosa Army District (Taipei)
  • Imperial General Headquarters in Matsushiro Fortress, Nagano Prefecture

Tokyo metropolitan area[edit]

Tokyo Divisional District[edit]

  • Jo Iimura: Commanding General, Tokyo Defense Army; concurrently Commanding General, Tokyo Divisional District

Tokyo Defense Command[edit]

Tokyo Garrison Headquarters[edit]

Tokyo Bay Fortress Detachment Officers[edit]

  • Shihei Oba: Commanding General, Tokyo Bay Fortress, concurrently Commanding General, Tokyo Bay Detachment
  • Tokumatsu Shigeta: Staff Officer, Tokyo Bay Fortress Detachment

Maizuru Fortified Zone[edit]

Tsushima Fortress Detachment[edit]

Officer assigned to General Defense Command[edit]

Shinbu Group (Fourteenth Area Army command)[edit]

  • Shizuo Yokoyama: Commanding General, Shinbu Group (Fourteenth Area Army command)

Northeastern Army District Headquarters (Japan Proper)[edit]

  • Sinichi Tanaka: attached to Northeastern Army District Headquarters (Japan Proper)

Northern District Army Command[edit]

  • Kiichiro Higuchi: concurrently Commanding General, Northern District Army Command

Western Army District HQ[edit]

Western District Army Command[edit]

Central District Army Headquarters[edit]

Central District Army Command[edit]

  • Masakazu Kawabe: concurrently Commanding General, Central District Army Command

Chosen Army District[edit]

War Ministries[edit]

Munitions Minister[edit]

Material Section, War Ministry[edit]

  • Hiroo Sato: Chief, Material Section, War Ministry

Sagami Army Arsenal[edit]

Tokyo Army Arsenal[edit]

Army Remount Department[edit]

Inspector General of Chemical Warfare[edit]

Officer in Inspectorate General[edit]

Army Section, Imperial General Headquarters[edit]

  • Prince Mikasa: Staff officer in the Army Section of the Imperial General Headquarters

Ōita PW Internment Camp Staff[edit]

  • Akira Mutō: member of Ōita PW Internment Camp staff

Army Allied Prisoner of War Information Bureau[edit]

  • Hitoshi Hamada: Deputy Chief Supervisor of Allied Prisoner of War Information Bureau

Army Commanders of Military Prisons and POW Camps in occupied territories

  • Lieutenant-General Igatu: General Officer Commanding Prisoner of War Camps Philippines
  • Shinpei Fukei: Commandant Prisoner of War Camps, Singapore
  • Major-General Arimina: Commandant Changi Jail, Singapore

War Minister[edit]

Deputy Minister of War[edit]

Vice-Minister of War[edit]

Secretary to the War Minister[edit]

  • Joichiro Sanada: Secretary to War Minister; concurrently Adjutant in the same Ministry; Aide to the War Minister; Staff Officer, Tokyo Garrison Command
  • Takushiro Hattori: Secretary to the War Minister; Adjutant, War Ministry
  • Joichiro Sanada: Aide to War Minister, IGHQ
  • Hiroo Sato: Adjutant to the War Minister
  • Yoshio Kozuki: Secretary to the War Minister; Adjutant, War Ministry
  • Toshizō Nishio: Adjutant, War Ministry; Secretary to the War Minister; Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan area
  • Yozo Miyama: Senior Adjutant, War Ministry
  • Okitsugu Arao: Secretary to the War Minister

Military Affairs Bureau, War Ministry[edit]

Economic Mobilization Bureau in War Ministry and related sections[edit]

  • Shigenori Kuroda: Section Chief (Conscription), War Ministry
  • Tetsuzan Nagata: Section Chief, Economic Mobilization Bureau
  • Koiso Kuniaki: Chief, Materiel Mobilization Bureau, War Ministry
  • Heitarō Kimura: Section Chief, Economic Mobilization Bureau, War Ministry
  • Kanji Nishihara: attached to Army Technical Department
  • Toshishiro Obata: Chief, Operations Bureau, Army General Staff
  • Joichiro Sanada: Member, War Ministry Maintenance section; Chief, Army Affairs Section, Military Affairs Bureau, War Ministry
  • Minoru Sasaki: Ordnance Bureau, War Ministry, Army Ordnance Main Depot, Mechanized Department
  • Sōsaku Suzuki: Army Ordnance, Administration Department
  • Kenryo Sato: Chief, Military Affairs Bureau, War Ministry
  • Teichii Suzuki: Military Affairs Bureau; concurrently Member of the Cabinet Research Board
  • Shinichi Tanaka: Chief, Military Service Section, War Ministry
  • Yoshijirō Umezu: Ordnance Bureau, War Ministry
  • Isamu Yokoyama: Economic Mobilization Bureau, War Ministry; Section Chief, Planning Bureau, Cabinet Resources Board

Personal Bureau of War Ministry[edit]

Press Relations Branch, Ministry of War[edit]

Army Field Marshal[edit]

Provost Marshal General[edit]

  • Sadao Araki: Provost Marshal General
  • Fusataro Teshima: Provost Marshal General (LtGen)
  • Shigeru Taiboku: Provost Marshal General
  • Toranosuke Hashimoto: Provost Marshal General, later the Japanese first priest in Shintoist central Shrine in Hsinking, led the Cultural Japanese entity in Manchukuo, amongst operative leader of Manchoukouan Intelligence services.

General Affairs Bureau, Provost Marshal Headquarters[edit]

Inspectorate General of Military Training[edit]

Imperial Army-Navy military teaching and training services units[edit]

See: Military instructors and trainers of the Empire of Japan

Army Officers in Reserve list[edit]

  • Sadao Araki: retired, March 1936, later enter in politic activities
  • Jirō Minami: placed on reserve list, 1936, later reacalled
  • Nobuyuki Abe: In 1936 put on reserve list with rank of general
  • Rikichi Andō: transferred to reserve list, January 1941; recalled to active duty
  • Keisuke Fujie: retired, April 1945; recalled to active duty
  • Masaharu Homma: transferred to First Reserve List, August 1943
  • Shōjirō Iida: retired, December 1944; later recalled
  • Kanji Ishiwara: retired, 1938; recalled to active duty, 1938–40
  • Kiyotake Kawaguchi: unassigned list, March 1943; transferred to first reserve list, April 1943
  • Teiichi Suzuki: transferred to first reserve list
  • Renya Mutaguchi: retired, December 1944
  • Toshizō Nishio: placed on reserve list, 1942
  • Ichiro Shicida: retired, April 1945; recalled to active duty
  • Hideki Tōjō: relieved of all military and political posts, July 1944; retired to first reserve list
  • Kioji Tominaga: transferred to first reserve list (Formosa), May 1945
  • Koiso Kuniaki: retired to first reserve list, July 1938
  • Yoshitoshi Tokugawa: Was entered on Reserve list (1939), for later retirement to civilian life (1939). He was called to operational service during 1944-45.


Deputy Chief of Army General Staff[edit]

Chief of Army General Staff[edit]

Bureau Chief of Army General Staff[edit]

1st Bureau Chief of Army General Staff[edit]

2nd Bureau Chief of Army General Staff[edit]

Vice Chief of Army General Staff[edit]

Army General Staff[edit]

20th Group - War Coordination, Army General Staff[edit]

Operations Section, Army General Staff[edit]

  • Seijun Inada: Chief of Operations Section, Army General Staff

Third Section-Organization and Mobilization, Army General Staff[edit]

  • Yozo Miyama: Chief, Third Section (Organization and Mobilization), Army General Staff
  • Kitsuju Ayabe: Section Chief, Third Section (Organization and Mobilization), Army General Staff

Chief of General Intelligence Bureau in Army General Staff[edit]

  • Seizo Arisue: Chief of General Intelligence Bureau in Army General Staff

Second Bureau (Intelligence Division), Army General Staff[edit]

Russian unit of Second Bureau (Intelligence Division) Army General Staff[edit]

  • Saburo Hayashi: Commander of Russian unit, Second Bureau (Intelligence) Army General Staff

Japanese Army Intelligence Services units

Army Technical Research Institute[edit]

Third Bureau (Logistics), Army General Staff[edit]

  • Tan Nukata: Chief, Third Bureau-Logistics, Army General Staff
  • Goro Isoya: Chief, Third Bureau-Logistics, Army General Staff

Railways and Shipping section, Army General Staff[edit]

  • Okitsugu Arao: Section Chief (Railways and Shipping), Army General Staff

Army Ordnance and Army Shipping Department[edit]

  • Yoshio Kozuki: Commanding General, Shipping Transportation Headquarters
  • Sōsaku Suzuki: Army Ordnance, Administration Department; Chief, Army Shipping Department Shipping Transportation Headquarters
  • Hideo Baba: General Officer Commanding Army Maritime Transport Command
  • Hakaru Gondo: Commanding Officer 13th Shipping Group

Chairman of the Military Affairs Bureau[edit]

  • Tetsuzan Nagata: Military Affairs Bureau and Economic Mobilization Bureau
  • Kenryo Sato: Chief of the Military Affairs Bureau, Government Planning Board
  • Rikichi Andō: Chief, Military Administration Section, Military Administration Bureau
  • Renya Mutaguchi: Military Affairs Bureau
  • Akiho Ishii: Chief, Military Affairs Section, War Ministry
  • Okitsugu Arao: Chief, Army Affairs Section, Military Affairs Bureau
  • Susumu Nishiura: Chief, Army Affairs Section, War Ministry
  • Tan Nukata: Chief, General Affairs Bureau
  • Hitoshi Imamura: Section Chief, Military Affairs Bureau
  • Yoshio Kozuki: Military Affairs Bureau and Military Administration Bureau; member Military Administration Bureau
  • Kanji Nishihara: Section Member, Military Affairs Bureau; Inspector General of Chemical Warfare
  • Takeo Yasuda: Chief, Defense Section, Military Affairs Bureau, War Ministry

Commanders Officer Army Home Stations[edit]

  • Masao Iwasa: Commanding Officer Tokyo Home Station
  • Jinzaburo Ishitani: Commanding Officer Tsu Home Station, Commanding Officer Ujiyamada Home Station, Commanding Officer Yokkaichi Home Station
  • Juzo Hirata: Commanding Officer Shibata Home Station
  • Seiji Ikehama: Commanding Officer Ashigawa Home Station and Commanding Officer Obihiro Home Station
  • Keinosuke Iizuka: Commanding Officer Akita Home Station
  • Tomejiro Hishiki: Commanding Officer Wakamatsu Home Station
  • Jūrō Gotō: Commanding Officer Kofu Home Station
  • Hisao Harada: Commanding Officer Matsumo Home Station, Commanding Officer Muramatsu Home Station and Commanding Officer Takeda Home Station

Army Aeronautical Department[edit]

Administrative Chief of Administrative Division, Army Aeronautical Department

Chief of the Army Aviation Headquarters

Inspectorate General of Army Air Force

Air Armies General Commanders

Air Groups Commanders

Air Regiment Commanders

Air Force Brigade Commanders

  • Michio Sugawara: Brigade Commander, 2nd Air Brigade, Brigade Commander, 3rd Air Brigade

Air Force Staff Officers

Officer Attached to Second Air Group HQ

  • Hideyoshi Obata: Colonel (Air Force) --attached to Second Air Group Headquarters

Commanding Officer in Air Battalion

Acting General Officer Commanding Army Aviation Corps

  • Yoshitoshi Tokugawa: Acting General Officer Commanding Army Aviation Corps and General Officer Commanding Army Aviation Corps

Air Force Commanders, Directors and instructors in Air Schools

  • Hideyoshi Obata: Commandant, Akeno Army Air School, Commanding General, same school (MajGen)
  • Michio Sugawara: Commandant, Shimoshizu Army Air School and Commandant, Military Air Academy and Air Training Army Commander
  • Kumaichi Teramoto: Director/Superintendent, Hamamatsu Army Air School (MajGen)
  • Rikishi Tsukada: Instructor, Hamamatsu Army Air School
  • Yoshitoshi Tokugawa: Commandant of Akeno Army Aviation School and Commandant of Tokorozawa Army Aviation School, Director of Training Department, Tokorozawa Army Aviation School, Commandant of Central Army Aviation School

Chief of Army Aeronautical Department (operative unit)

Deputy Chief of Army Aeronautical Department

Chief of Second Bureau, Army Aeronautical Department

  • Takeo Yasuda: Chief, Second Bureau, Army Aeronautical Department

Chief of Army Air Technical Laboratories

Technicals and Experts in Army Aeronautical Sciences

  • Michio Sugawara: Major (Air Force); Section Chief, Army Aeronautical Department
  • Kumaichi Teramoto: LtCol (Air Force), Officer attached; later member of Army Aeronautical Department
  • Takeo Yasuda: Officer attached to Army Air Technical Laboratories (MajGen)
  • Yoshitoshi Tokugawa: Director of the Research Department, Tokorozawa Army Aviation School

Imperial Japanese Army Air Force units

64th Sentai units (Bangkok Airfield, 1941)

Kurai Chutai, 502nd Sentai unit (Nakatsu Airfield, 1945)

Hane Chutai, 2nd Air Army unit (Hsinking East Airfield, 1945)

Kwantung Army Commanders (until 1945)[edit]

Kwantung Government-General Administration[edit]

  • Sadao Araki: Officer (Major), Kwantung Government-General
  • Koiso Kuniaki: Army Staff Officer, Kwantung Government-General
  • Jun Ushiroku: Officer, assigned to Kwantung Government-General
  • Saburo Ando: Commandant of Port Arthur
  • H.Ukita: Commander of Ryojun Naval Guard District and Station

For a complete structure see:

Structures in other Japanese armies[edit]



Commander in Chief of Kempeitai units[edit]

  • Kesago Nakajima: Since 1921-41 lead the Kempeitai operation inside Japan and Asia during wartimes
  • Kenzo Kitano: Military Police (Gendarmerie) Commander, China Forces
  • Hideki Tōjō: Commanding General, Military Police, Kwantung Army
  • Sanji Okido: Commander, Military Police
  • Takeshi Mori: Deputy Chief, Military Police Headquarters
  • Shizuichi Tanaka: Chief, General Affairs Bureau; Military Police Forces Headquarters; Commander, Kwantung Army Military Police Units; Commander, Military Police Forces (LtGen)
  • Keisuke Fujie: Chief, General Affairs Bureau, Military Police; Headquarters, Kwantung Army; Commander, Kwantung Army Military Police
  • Moto Inkai: General Officer Commanding Kempeitai unit, Chosen
  • Rokuro Iwasa: Commander in Chief Kempeitai Forces, Tokyo Hq
  • Tuyoji Hirano: Commanding Officer Kempeitai Section 25th Army, Sumatra

Tokeitai police service units[edit]

  • Isoge Taro:- Operative leader of Joho Kyoko (Japanese naval intelligence) and Tokeitai (naval military police)

Imperial Guards unit[edit]

  • Sadao Araki: Company Commander, 1st Infantry Regiment, Imperial Guard Division, during Russo-Japanese War
  • Jinsaburo Mazaki: Regimental Commander, 1st Infantry, Imperial Guard Division
  • Makino Shiro: Battalion Commander, 4th Imperial Guard Infantry Regiment
  • Shōjirō Iida: Regimental Commander, 4th Infantry, Imperial Guard Division, General Officer Commanding 2nd Imperial Guards Division
  • Hisaichi Terauchi: Regimental Commander, 3rd Imperial Guards(Colonel); Chief of Staff, Imperial Guard Regiment; Chief of Staff, Imperial Guard Division
  • Korechika Anami: Regimental Commander, 2nd Imperial Guards unit
  • Fusataro Teshima: Imperial Guard Division Commander
  • Kioji Tominaga: Infantry Regiment Commander, 2nd Imperial Guards
  • Akira Mutō: Imperial Guard Division Commander; 2nd Imperial Guard Division Commander
  • Nobuyoshi Obata: Commanding Officer, Transportation Regiment, Imperial Guard Division
  • Tadasu Kataoka: Commander, Imperial Guard Cavalry Regiment; Commander, Imperial Guard Reconnaissance Regiment
  • Tadamichi Kuribayashi: Commanding General, 2nd Imperial Guard Depot Division (LtGen)
  • Takeshi Mori: Commanding General, 1st Imperial Guard Division, killed during abortive coup d'état launched against him at Imperial Palace
  • Major-General Imaye Chief of Staff 2nd Imperial Guards Division, Malaya
  • Hideo Iwakuro: Commanding Officer 5th Imperial Guards Regiment, Malaya
  • Chikara Hiraoka: Chief Military Affairs Department 1st Imperial Guards Division
  • Yaezo Akashiba: General Officer Commanding 1st Imperial Guards Division, Tokyo
  • Prince Asaka Yasuhiko: General Officer Commanding 1st Imperial Guards Division
  • Susumu Harada: Commanding Officer 3rd Imperial Guards Brigade
  • Teiko Itada: General Officer Commanding Imperial Guards Division, China
  • Prince Un Yi: Commanding Officer 2nd Imperial Guards Brigade
  • Machijiri Kazumoto: Commanding Officer Imperial Guards Artillery Regiment
  • Tsuneori Kaya: General Officer Commanding 2nd Imperial Guards Depot Division
  • Prince Kan'in Kotohito: General Officer Commanding Imperial Guards Division
  • Kazuo Mizutani: Chief of Staff, First Imperial Guards Division in Eastern District Army

Commander of Keishicho Civil Police forces[edit]

Operative Chief of Keishicho Civil Police units[edit]

Tokko police service unit[edit]

  • Kesago Nakajima: Since 1921-41 lead the State Police (Tokko) operations inside Japan and Asia during wartimes
  • Officer Maruyama: underground unit, in Censorship department in Tokko Intelligence service, in Tokyo, Japan

Marine Ministries[edit]

War Relief Association[edit]

Marine Ministers[edit]

Vice-Marine Ministers[edit]

Private Secretary to the Minister of the Navy[edit]

Navy Admirals of the Fleet[edit]

Navy Admirals[edit]

Navy Staff College's Research Department[edit]

Third Department in Marine Ministry[edit]

Bureau of Naval Affairs[edit]

Bureau of Naval Supply[edit]

Bureau of Naval Accounting[edit]

Naval Aviation Bureau[edit]

  • Eikitchi Katagiri: Chief of Naval Aviation Bureau
  • Kazume Kinsei: Officer of Naval Aviation Bureau. Created some plans for bombing strikes against territory of the United States

Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force units

Fighter Unit (Carrier Akagi, 1941)

Tainan Air Corps (Denpasar Airfield, 1942)

Yokosuka Air Corps (Yokosuka Airfield,1943)

253rd Air Corps (Rabaul Airfield,1944)

303 Squadron, 203rd Air Corps (Kagoshima Airfield, 1945)

Navy General Staff's Intelligence Division[edit]

  • Mineichi Koga: Chief of the Navy General Staff's Intelligence Division

Japanese Navy Secret Service units

  • Isoge Taro:- Operative leader of Joho Kyoko (Japanese naval intelligence) and Tokeitai (naval military police)
  • Captain Onoda: Navy figure, in the Second Bureau (Intelligence Division), Japanese Army
  • Kanyei Chuyo: Commander in Japanese Navy Secret services. Directed the 8th Section "Yashika". Between this unit stay the "Tokyo Gimusho" office (the "Australian Section") linked with Japanese Naval Intelligence Staff under command of Imperial Navy General Staff. The office had orders to researching any affairs of the British Empire in Southeast Asia and Pacific Area.

Japanese Imperial Navy's Advisory Bureau on Jewish Affairs[edit]

  • Inuzuka Koreshige: member of Japanese Imperial Navy's Advisory Bureau on Jewish Affairs

Operation Section of Naval General Staff[edit]

Plans Division Office of Operation Section in Naval General Staff[edit]

  • Sadatoshi Tomioka: Chief in Plans Division Office of Operation Section in Naval General Staff;he was proposer and support plans for Australian Invasion.

Naval Research Section[edit]

Technical Council in Navy Technical Department[edit]

  • Mitsumasa Yonai: Member, Technical Council, Navy Technical Department, Yokosuka Naval Station

Naval Aviation Development Division in Munitions Ministry[edit]

President of Japanese Naval Staff College[edit]

Navy Officers in Reserve list[edit]


Chief of Naval General Staff[edit]

Staff Officer of Naval General Staff[edit]

Vice-Chief of Naval General Staff[edit]

Naval General Staff[edit]

Commander-in-Chief of Combined Fleet[edit]

Vice-Commander of Combined Fleet[edit]

Chief of Staff of Combined Fleet[edit]

Commander of First Naval Fleet[edit]

Commander of 2nd Naval Fleet[edit]

Commander of 3rd Naval Fleet[edit]

First Naval Air Fleet[edit]

Senior Staff Officer of the First Naval Air Fleet[edit]

  • Tamotsu Oishi: Senior Staff Officer of the First Naval Air Fleet

Second Navy Air Fleet[edit]

Fifth Navy Air Fleet[edit]

11th Navy Air Fleet[edit]

26th Air Flotilla[edit]

Fourth Naval Fleet[edit]

Eighth Naval Fleet[edit]

Third Destroyer Flotilla[edit]

China Navy Area Fleet[edit]

1st Carrier Division[edit]

Carrier Division Three[edit]

1st CarDiv[edit]

2nd Carrier Unit[edit]

3rd Destroyer Flotilla[edit]

2nd Destroyer Group[edit]

10th Destroyer Flotilla[edit]

10th Destroyer Unit[edit]

22nd Destroyer Division[edit]

6th Destroyer Flotilla[edit]

2nd Destroyer Unit[edit]

3rd Destroyer Flotilla[edit]

4th Destroyer Division[edit]

4th Destroyer Flotilla[edit]

5th Cruiser Division[edit]

18th Cruiser Division[edit]

8th Cruiser Division[edit]

6th Cruiser Division[edit]

4th Cruiser Division (1st section)[edit]

5th Cruiser Division[edit]

7th Cruiser Division[edit]

1st Battleship Division[edit]

3rd Battleship Division (1st section)[edit]

3rd Submarine Sqdn[edit]

5th Submarine Sqdn[edit]

13th Submarine Sqdn[edit]

First Submarine Fleet[edit]

Sixth Submarine Fleet[edit]

1st Transport Group[edit]

2nd Transport Group[edit]

3rd Transport Group[edit]

Seaplane Tender Group[edit]

Minesweeper Group[edit]

First Naval Striking Force[edit]

Officer in Japanese Vessel Raiders Force(1941-42)[edit]

Sasebo 7th Special Naval Landing Force[edit]

  • Takeo Sugai: Commander of Sasebo 7th Special Naval Landing Force

Chief of Staff of the Maizuru Naval Base[edit]

First Naval District[edit]

Kure and Yokosuka Naval Districts[edit]

Sasebo Naval District[edit]

Sasebo Naval Yard[edit]

Yokosuka Naval Base[edit]

Kure Naval Base[edit]

Chinkai Naval Station (Chosen)[edit]

Ryojun Naval Station (Kwantung)[edit]

Central Government Ministries[edit]

Kodoha ideological advisers in government[edit]

Chief of Cabinet Secretary[edit]

Welfare Minister[edit]

  • Kōichi Kido: Education, Welfare and Home Minister, as well as chief secretary to the Naidaijin and last proper Naidaijin (Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal). He is recognised as one of the principal supporters of General Tojo's policies. During his period as Home Affairs Minister, he commanded the Keiseicho (Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department), and national civil police forces.

Minister of Education[edit]

  • Sadao Araki: charge of Minister of Education; Company Commander, 1st Infantry Regiment, Imperial Guard Division, during the Russo-Japanese War; principal nationalist thinker and right-wing political adviser in the country; War minister; founder of Kokuhonsha (Society for the Foundation of the State) right-wing secret society
  • Hideki Tōjō: Minister of Education
  • Kōichi Kido: concurrently Minister of Education

Imperial Youth Federation/Imperial Youth Corps[edit]

  • Kingoro Hashimoto: Imperial Youth Federation and Imperial Youth Corps Chief; in charge of young nationalist and militarists local indoctrination, following official doctrines amongst Minister of Education policies.

Minister of State Affairs[edit]

Finance Minister[edit]

Government Finances and Economics Entities[edit]

'National Economic policies'

  • Naoki Hoshino: Political Adviser charged with composing new economic policies, and Chief of Economic Project Department and Chief of Cabinet Secretary

'Planning Bureau in Cabinet Resources Board'

'Member in Cabinet Research Board'

'Imperial Planning Institute'

'1st Department, Planning Institute (Cabinet Research Board Unit)'

  • Takazo Numata:Chief of 1st Department, Planning Institute Unit, inside of Cabinet Research Board

'Cabinet Planning Board'

'First Bureau, Cabinet Planning Board'

'General Affairs Bureau, Cabinet Planning Board'

  • Isamu Yokoyama: Chief of General Affairs Bureau, Cabinet Planning Board

'Secretary-General of the Asia Development Board'

'Political Affairs Section of the Asia Development Board'

  • Teiichi Suzuki: first Chief of the Political Affairs Section of the Asia Development Board (China Affairs Board)
  • Heisuke Yanagawa: Chief of Political Affairs Section of the Asia Development Board

Commerce and Industry Minister[edit]

Government Industry, Commerce and Trading Organizations[edit]

'Nan-yo Kyokai'

  • Fujiyama Raita: Vice-president of "Nan-yo Kyokai" (South Seas Society), as government-Navy Trade Agency in South Seas Mandate

'Nanyo Sangyo Kaisha'

'Nanyo Kohatsu Kaisha'

Minister of Trade[edit]

Minister of State (without portfolio)[edit]

Minister of Agriculture[edit]

Communications Minister[edit]

'Official Journalists'

'Support writers and military experts'

'Official war correspondent'

President of International Cultural Relations Society[edit]

Justice Minister[edit]

Home Affairs Minister[edit]

Diet members[edit]

Foreign Affairs[edit]

Foreign Affairs Minister[edit]

Foreign Affairs Officers[edit]

  • Kanji Kato: High-ranking official in Foreign Affairs Ministry
  • Kaoru Muramatsu: Official of the Research Section of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Kinoaki Matsuo: Foreign Affairs officer, also intelligence unit when serving as liaison between the Japanese Foreign Office and the Admiralty; a Black Dragon Society member
  • Mr.Yosano: Foreign Office high-ranking official;as liaison in IGHQ-Army/Navy Intelligence section.
  • Tomohiko Ushiba: Foreign Office high-ranking official
  • Toshikazu Kase: Foreign Ministry high-ranking official
  • Ishiguro Shiro: Foreign Ministry high-ranking official, and Civil Government expert in Jews Affairs in wartimes

Foreign Affairs Officers on Diplomatic Missions[edit]

  • Ichizō Kobayashi: Industrialist and Government supporter in Diplomatic Mission to Ducht Indies (1940)
  • Yatsuji Nagai: Army attaché and Diplomatic in Matsuoka's mission to Europe and Russia
  • Hideo Iwakuro: Army attaché and Foreign Affairs officer, provided diplomatic support to the Washington mission
  • Kaname Wakasugi: special aide to Nomura Mission to Washington
  • Saburō Kurusu: special ambassador in diplomatic mission to Washington

Overseas ambassadors[edit]

Military attachés in foreign service[edit]

See: Japanese military attachés in foreign service

Japanese Overseas Consul-Generals[edit]

Japanese Overseas Affairs Minister[edit]

Political Affairs Section of the Asia Development Board[edit]

  • Teiichi Suzuki: Chief of the Political Affairs Section of the Asia Development Board (China Affairs Board), Secretary-General of the Asia Development Board

Governor-General in Exterior Provinces (1944-45)[edit]

Japanese experts in Jewish Affairs (1938-42)[edit]

Military and Civil experts (Jewish & Manchurian Think Tank Groups)[edit]

East Jew leader and Japanese supporter in Manchukuo[edit]

  • Abraham Kaufman: Manchu Jew leader, founder of Far Eastern Jewish Council and Betarim Jew Zionists Movement.

1938 Five Minister Conference[edit]

At the 1938 Five Ministers' Conference, five of the most powerful men in Japan gathered to discuss the ideas and plans of their 'Jewish experts'.

German Liaison in Jewish topics (until 1942)[edit]

Government Supporters[edit]

Other close military government collaborators[edit]

Ultra-nationalist supporters close to the government[edit]

Nobility members, entrepreneurs and other supporters of Government and military establishment[edit]

Nobility members[edit]


Other supporters[edit]

  • Teiichi Muto: Government journalist in Asahi Shinbun and Japan Time and Advertiser Official News
  • Toshio Shiratoru: Adviser in Foreign Affairs ministry, also heavy believer of Axis Powers alliance and Overseas Ambassador
  • Yakichiro Suma: Spokesman in Foreign Affairs ministry; later official overseas Ambassador.
  • Koh Ishii: Ex servant in Foreign Affairs Ministry and official Government spokesman
  • Shūmei Ōkawa: Ultranationalist and fascist thinker, believer in government and military policies
  • Akira Kazami: Konoye political partidaire and Justice Minister
  • Fumio Gotō: Konoye political partner; also another fascist ideologist, supporter of Militarists
  • Naoki Hoshino: Right-wing and Army follower charged to compose the economic policies of Manchukuo and Japan.


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