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Interrogation Nav 90, Admiral Kichisaburo Nomura

30 Nov 1945


NOMURA, Kichisaburo, Admiral, I.J.N.

NOMURA was an extremely capable individual, versed in history and foreign affairs, and apparently completely frank in discussing the past and current troubles in Japan. He had long been accepted as pro-American, and it was perhaps for this reason that he was sent as Ambassador to the UNITED STATES in 1941, at the instigation of senior naval officers who hoped for success of his mission in avoiding war.

NOMURA had a very good understanding of English and preferred to discuss matters in that language, but his pronunciation sometimes left a good deal to be desired.

Naval Attache, UNITED STATES 1916-1918
Attended WASHINGTON Naval Conference 1921
Varied duties on Naval General Staff 1921
Councilor, Supreme War Council 1933-1937
Foreign Minister, ABE Cabinet 1939
Ambassador, United States
March 1941-July 1942
Ambassador-at-large July 1942-December 1942
Appointed to Privy Council May 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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