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Interrogation Nav 106, Captain Kikunori Kijima

7 Dec 1945


KIJIMA, Kikunori, Captain, I.J.N.

KIJIMA served 24 years in the regular Navy. During 1941 and 1942 he served as Chief of Staff of the Sixth Cruiser Squadron, on the Aoba (CA), Flagship. During this period he was present at the occupation of WAKE Island, GUAM, RABAUL, Battle of the CoRAL SEA and the Battle of Cape ESPERANCE. KIJIMA was extremely tense and reticent during the interrogation, although the information obtained has subsequently been found to be correct. In checking upon his attitude and veracity of statements it was reported by other Japanese Naval Officers that he had a good service reputation. However he considered the defeat of the Sixth Cruiser Squadron and the death of Admiral GOTO at the Battle of Cape ESPERANCE to be his responsibility. In view of this mishap and its contribution to the defeat of Japan, he was contemplating atonement through Hara Kiri.

Chief of Staff, Sixth Cruiser Squadron1941-1942
Chief of Staff, Third Cruiser Squadron1942-1943
Construction DepartmentTOKYO1943-1945

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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