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General HIH Prince Nashimoto Morimasa

BORN : 9 MAR 1874, Kyoto,Japan
Source : Japan Year Book 1940/1941 Japan Year Book 1940/1941
DIED : 2 JAN 1951, Tokyo,Japan

FATHER : HIH Prince Kuni Asahiko [27 FEB 1824 - 25 OCT 1891]
MOTHER : Lady Harada Mitsue

PARTNER : Lady Nabeshima Itsuko [2 FEB 1882 - 18 AUG 1976]
Union: 28 NOV 1900, Tokyo,Japan

  1. HIH Crown Princess Nashimoto Masako [4 NOV 1901 - 30 APR 1989]
  2. HIH Princess Nashimoto Noriko [27 APR 1907 - 25 AUG 1992]

2nd Prince Nashimoto-no-miya [cr. 2.12.1885]
Head of the Imperial House of Nashimoto [14.10.1947] - [2.1.1951]
He was educated at the Central Military Preparatory School and the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the IJA 39th Infantry Regiment in 1899, further educated at the École Spéciale Militaire de Sain t-Cyr at St. Cyr, France from 1903 to 1904, he served with his regiment as a Captain under General Yasukata Oku in the Russo-Japanese War, promoted to the rank of Major of the Infantry in 1906, Lieutenant Colonel in 1908, Colonel in 1910, Lieutena nt General and commander of the IJA 16th Division in August 1917, appointed to the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff in November 1919 and promoted to the rank of General in August 1922, and Field Marshal on 8th August 1932, becoming a membe r of the Board of Marshals and Fleet Admirals; in October 1937, he became chief priest (saishu) of the Ise Shrine, and retired from the active list in 1944; he served as president of the Imperial Association, the honorary president of the Franco-J apanese Society, the Japan Forestry Association, the Japan Agricultural Association, the Imperial Air-Association, the Japan Martial Arts Association, and the Italian Society of Japan; he was arrested as war criminal on 2nd December 1945, on th e orders of General Douglas MacArthur, the military governor of Japan during the American occupation, as an example to others but also as a hostage to ensure the Emperor's compliance with American-directed political reforms, he was released afte r four months' imprisonment in Tokyo's Sugamo Prison, without charges on 13th April 1946. He was divested of his Imperial status and became a commoner on 14th October 1947, adopting the surname of Nashimoto. He was denied any compensatio n for the loss of his title and properties, and he was forced to sell his country villa to pay taxes. He was awarded the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, the Order of the Rising Sun, and the Order of the Golden Kite.


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