Takuo Godō

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Takuo Godō
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Born (1877-09-23)September 23, 1877
Tokyo, Japan
Died April 7, 1956(1956-04-07) (aged 78)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation engineer, admiral, entrepreneur, cabinet minister
In this Japanese name, the family name is Godō .

Takuo Godō (伍堂卓雄 Godō Takuo?, 23 September 1877 – 7 April 1956) was a naval architect, vice admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy, entrepreneur and cabinet minister in the pre-war Empire of Japan.


Godō was born in Tokyo to an ex-medical doctor (goten-i) family. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1901 with a degree in naval engineering, and was accepted into the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Engineering Department. He rapidly rose through the ranks, serving as a military attaché to the United Kingdom as a lieutenant commander from June 1911 to July 1913, and to the United States as a captain from May 1917 to January 1918, and June 1919 to June 1920. He was promoted to rear admiral in December 1922 and became commandant of Kure Naval Arsenal in June 1924. In December 1926, he was promoted to vice admiral.

In 1928, Godō left the navy to accept the post of president of Showa Steel Works, based in Anshan, Manchuria, and the following year became one of the directors of the South Manchurian Railway Company. In 1937, Prime Minister Senjūrō Hayashi asked that Godō accept both the posts of Minister of Commerce and Industry and Railway Minister. He was also granted a seat in the House of Peers in the Diet of Japan. In 1938, he became chairman of both the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He led a Japanese trade delegation to Nazi Germany in 1938 to purchase advanced weapons and production machinery, although the German government at the time still strongly favored China in its conflict with Japan.[1] In 1939, Prime Minister Nobuyuki Abe reappointed Godō Minister of Commerce and Industry, and simultaneously Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. He appointed Nobusuke Kishi, then still in Manchukuo, as his Assistant Secretary for Commerce and Industry. In 1942, Godō became chairman of the Japan Management Association. In 1945, he served as an advisor to the Ministry of Munitions.

After World War II, Godō was apprehended by American occupation authorities along with most members of the pre-war Japanese government under Class A war criminal charges. However, he was subsequently released from Sugamo Prison without coming to trial. He continued to hold the title of chairman of the Japan Management Association after his release.


  • Kudo, Akira. Japanese-German Business Relations: Co-operation and Rivalry in the Interwar Period. Routledge (2012) ISBN 1-134-75008-0
  • Ito, Takeo. Life Along the South Manchurian Railway: The Memoirs of Itō Takeo. M.E. Sharp (1988) ISBN 0-87332-465-X

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  1. ^ Kudo. Japanese-German Business Relations
Political offices
Preceded by
Gōtarō Ogawa
Minister of Commerce and Industry
Feb 1937 – June 1937
Succeeded by
Shinji Yoshino
Preceded by
Yoshiaki Hatta
Minister of Commerce and Industry
Aug 1939 – Jan 1940
Succeeded by
Ginjirō Fujiwara
Preceded by
Yukio Sakurauchi
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Aug 1939 – Oct 1939
Succeeded by
Tadamasa Sakurai
Preceded by
Yonezō Maeda
Railway Minister
Feb 1937 – June 1937
Succeeded by
Chikuhei Nakajima