Interrogation Nav 76, Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai
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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|
United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Interrogation of Japanese Officials [OPNAV-P-03-100], courtesy of ibilio Hyperwar Project
C. Peter Chen
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