|Born||22 Mar 1880|
|Died||3 Nov 1950|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseKuniaki Koiso was born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from the Army Academy in 1900 and became an infantryman, then went on to attend the War College. He had a healthy promotion track throughout his military career, making the rank of major general by 1926. From 1929 and on, he served in various high staff positions such as chief positions with the Ministry of War, Minister of Overseas Affairs, Chief of the Kwangtung Army in Manchuria during WW2, and Governor-General of Korea also during WW2. In 1944, Hideki Tojo's government fell at the face of American advances in south and central Pacific, and Koiso was named the new Prime Minister. In Apr 1945, the Japanese military failed to halt the American invasion of Okinawa, losing the battleship Yamato, the navy's pride, in the process; Koiso resigned on 7 Apr 1945, the day Yamato sank with 2,488 of her men. He was tried by the International Military Tribunal for war crimes and was sentenced to life in prison. He died in captivity in 1950.
Last Major Revision: Jun 2006
Kuniaki Koiso Timeline
|22 Mar 1880Â||Kuniaki Koiso was born.|
|8 Aug 1932Â||Nobuyoshi Muto succeeded Shigeru Honjo as the commanding officer of the Japanese Kwantung Army in northeastern China. Kuniaki Koiso was named as Muto's chief of staff.|
|5 Apr 1934Â||Kuniaki Koiso was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, 1st Class.|
|29 Apr 1934Â||Kuniaki Koiso was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 1st Class and the Order of the Golden Kite, 2nd Class.|
|2 Dec 1935Â||General Kuniaki Koiso was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Kenkichi Ueda.|
|22 Jul 1944Â||Kuniaki Koiso was named the 41st Prime Minister of Japan.|
|3 Nov 1950Â||Kuniaki Koiso passed away.|
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