Interrogation Nav 76, Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai

13 Nov 1945


YONAI, Mitsumasa, Admiral, I.J.N.

Prior to entering political activity, YONAI had a broad experience of active sea duty, coupled with foreign assignments, ultimately (1936) becoming CinC of the Combined and First Fleets. He is certainly one of the strong men of present day JAPAN, intelligent, forceful, and straightforward. His pro-American and anti-war tendencies are reported to have kept him out of responsible positions throughout the war until defeat was inevitable, when he joined the "peace" cabinet of SUZUKI.

YONAI understood English very well, and spoke fairly readily, but preferred to confer in Japanese.

Navy Minister, HAYASHI Cabinet February 1937-June 1937
Navy Minister, KANOYE Cabinet June 1937-January 1939
Navy Minister, HIRANUMA Cabinet January 1940-July 1940
Appointed Member, Supreme Military Council August 1937
Premier January 1940-July 1940
Deputy Premier and Navy Minister, KOISO Cabinet July 1944
Navy Minister, SUZUKI Cabinet April 1945

Source: United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Interrogation of Japanese Officials [OPNAV-P-03-100], courtesy of ibilio Hyperwar Project
Added By: C. Peter Chen

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