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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Giichi Tanaka

田中 義一

Giichi Tanaka (1864-1929) was the 26th Prime Minister of Japan and an important officer in the Japanese army during the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), and the later Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905).

Giichi Tanaka statue

Tanaka was a native of Hagi in south western Japan and his statue stands outside the gate to Hagi Castle.

A vehement anti-communist hawk, Tanaka's policies while Prime Minister dragged Japan deeper into a growing conflict in China, though he withstood the machinations of the Japanese ultra-nationalists in China, which eventually lead to the resignation of himself and his entire cabinet in 1929.

Tanaka died a few months later.

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