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Given NameNagahisa
HouseImperial House of Japan
Born19 Feb 1910
Died4 Sep 1940


ww2dbasePrince Nagahisa was born to Prince Naruhisa, head of the Kitashirakawa branch of the Japanese Imperial family, and Fusako, the Princess Kane. In 1923, when his father passed away in France in 1923, he became the head of Kitashirakawa. In 1931, he graduated from the Japanese Army Academy and became a junior artillery officer. In 1935, he married Sachiko Tokugawa, the daughter of Baron Yoshikuni Tokugawa; they would have one son and one daughter. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1936. Upon graduating from the Army Staff College in 1939, he was promoted to the rank of captain; later in the same year, he was assigned to Japanese Army's North China Area Army. Prince Nagahisa of Kitashirakawa died in an airplane crash in Sep 1940 at Zhangjiakou in Japanese puppet state of Mengjiang in northern China, becoming the first member of the Japanese Imperial family to be killed in WW2. He was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum posthumously along with a promotion to the rank of major.

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Portrait of Prince Nagahisa, late 1920sWedding photo of Prince Nagahisa and Sachiko Tokugawa, 26 Apr 1935Japanese Princes Takamatsu, Mikasa, Asaka, Takahiko of Asaka, and Kitashirakawa and Korean Princes Yi Un, Yi Geon, and Yi U at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, Oct 1938

Nagahisa Timeline

19 Feb 1910 Prince Nagahisa was born.
26 Oct 1931 Prince Nagahisa was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers.
25 Apr 1935 Prince Nagahisa married Sachiko Tokugawa.
2 May 1937 Prince Nagahisa's son Prince Michihisa was born.
13 Nov 1939 Prince Nagahisa's daughter Princess Hatsuko was born.
4 Sep 1940 Prince Nagahisa passed away in an airplane crash at Kalgan (now Zhangjiakou) in Japanese puppet state of Mengjiang in northern China.
5 Sep 1941 A song in mourning of Prince Nagahisa was released in Japan. The music was composed by Yuji Koseki, the lyrics were written by Count Yoshinori Futara, and it was performed by popular singer Akiko Futaba and veteran Takeo Ito.
4 Oct 1959 Prince Nagahisa was enshrined at the Yosukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

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