Koiso Kuniaki is a Japanese legend who was born on April 1st, 1880 in Utsunomiya, Japan. He is remembered for serving Japan as its Prime minister and army General during the World War II. Koiso Kuniaki graduated as the top army graduate of his class in the army academy. He exited the army academy in 1900. He later proceeded to the Army War College to cement his military skills. At this time, Koiso Kuniaki served in one of the most active positions during the Russo-Japanese War.

Koiso worked very hard in all the positions he held. His passion for serving his country was evident right from the time he was in the war academy. He scaled up the ranks, and in 1930, Koiso received an appointment to become the Chief of Bureau of Military Affairs. He worked on this task for close to two years. During his time as the Chief of Bureau of Military Affairs, Kuniaki ensured that all military matters were taken seriously by both the government and the military body. He streamlined various military departments for efficiency.

Author=毎日新 / Source = 毎日新聞社編『明治・大正・昭和・平成歴代宰相 下巻』(毎日新聞社、2004年)

In the year 1932, Koiso Kuniaki was appointed to be the vice minister of war. As the vice minister for war in Japan, Koiso helped in strengthening the military position of his country. He ensured that all the soldiers and other military personnel received the necessary support from the government and the general public. He also enforced discipline and hard work among the military bodies.

Koiso Kuniaki was appointed as the commander of the 5th division. Koiso Kuniaki was also nominated to become the Chief of staff of Kantogun that was tasked with military operations in China. He became the Commander in 1935 and served for three years until 1938. His duty as the commander was to direct military operations in Korea. The government of Japan and Korea highly appreciated his work. Koiso was a real military tool.

At this time, Koiso Kuniaki had acquired extensive experience and expertise in military operations. He had grown into a resource. The whole department depended on his tactics and innovations. His skills could not be matched with anyone else in the entire region.

Koiso Kuniaki later became the minister of overseas affairs during the Hiranuma of 1939 and Yonai of 1940 cabinets. In the two assemblies, Koiso was considered as the best-suited person to guide and enlighten the country about the military affairs. He was among the most famous people in the cabinet.

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Koiso Kuniaki returned to Korea at the onset of the World War II and served as the governor-general of Korea. He performed his duties as the Governor-General with passion and love for the people. He utilized his extensive skills in leadership and governance that he had acquired in his previous positions.

Later, after the fall of the Tojo cabinet in the year 1944, Koiso received an appointment to be the Prime Minister. His appointment was aimed at tasking him with the duties of propelling the war effort. Koiso proved to be equal to the task when he started consolidating various military issues. He had a plan to make the army stronger than he found it.

The U.S military arrived in Okinawa in 1945. Following the landing of the U.S troops, Koiso chose to resign from the duties of the Prime Minister. The U.S army trailed him and captured him. He was then convicted of war crimes and received a life sentence. Koiso Kuniaki died on November 3rd, 1950 while serving a life sentence in Tokyo. It was suspected that prison conditions and aging accelerated his death. Koiso will remain to be remembered.

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