Interrogation Nav 80, Fleet Admiral Osami Nagano

13 Nov 1945


NAGANO, Osami, Fleet Admiral, I.J.N.

As his duties would indicate, NAGANO was probably the most authoritative senior naval officer surviving the war. In common with most naval men of his background and experience, he expressed initial opposition to the war and to the Three Power Pact, and described the (Army) practice of service personnel participating in politics.

NAGANO was thoroughly cooperative, was keenly alert and intelligent, and seemed anxious to develop American friendship. He understood English readily, but normally preferred discussion through an interpreter.

Chief Delegate, London Travel Conference 1935
Navy Minister, HIROTA Cabinet May 1936-June 1937
Commander in Chief, First & Combined Fleets December 1937
Chief, Naval General Staff April 1941-February 1944
Supreme Naval Advisor to Emperor February 1944-End of War

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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