Who is Nobuyuki Abe?

Nobuyuki Abe lived between November 24, 1875, and September 7, 1953. Known to some as Nobuyuki Abe, he held a post as a Japanese Prime Minister from August 30, 1939, to January 16, 1940. Nobuyuki Abe also happened to be the Korean Governor-General and the General in the Imperial Army of Japan.

Abe’s Birth and Educational Background

Abe’s birth took place in the ex-samurai lineage in a city called Kanazawa, a Japanese City found in Ishikawa Prefecture on Honshu Island. Kanazawa is the central city of the Prefecture. The Samurai dynasty, also known as the “bushi” comprised of the Japanese warriors. They were considered a military class of great importance. This was before the transformation of the Japanese society that took place in 1868. “Samurai” is a word depicted from the Japanese verb samurai with the meaning “to serve” (someone).

Abe schooled at Tokyo No.1 Middle School, popularly known as the Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School. After that, he attended No.4 High School. At the school level, Abe served in the military service as a volunteer. This was the era of the war between the Empire of Japan and the Qing Dynasty (First Sino-Japanese War).

The Empire of Japan eventually conquered the war. The signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki was initiated in 1895. This was the same time that Abe’s graduation from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy took place. He was a student in the 19th class of the Army War College.

Abe’s Career in Military

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In 1918, Abe was appointed the commander of the Third Field Artillery Regiment. In August that same year, Abe’s regiment was referred to Siberia at the time of Japan’s Siberian Intervention, though was never included in combat. The Siberian Intervention took place from 1918 to 1922. It was a portion of the significant plan by Japan and the western powers. They intended to back up the White Russians to pursue the Bolshevik Red Army at the time of the Russian Civil War. By 1920, the Allied Forces withdrew, though the Imperial Japanese Army remained in Siberia until 1922. The European warriors then entered the Russian Maritime Provinces.

On December 22, 1930, Abe was crowned to serve as the commander of the Fourth Infantry Division. Later on, he was appointed to instruct in the Army War College succeeded by the chief of the Military Affairs Bureau and then the Army’s Vice Minister. Abe got a promotion to full general in 1933. He served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Taiwan Army. Eventually, Abe was put on the reserve list in 1963.

His political Background

The Nobuyuki Abe Cabinet on its inaugural day. commons.wikimedia.org

On August 30, 1939, Abe Nobuyuki was appointed the 36th Prime Minister. However, Mitsumasa Yonai substituted him in January 1940. Abe decided to link up with the House of Peers. He made this decision in the year 1942. After that, he was granted the post of the tenth Korean Governor-General for 2 consecutive years, 1944, and 1945. This period was associated with the Second World War – the time when there was the global war that involved fighting in most sections of the world and many countries.

Abe’s Arrest and Release

When this World War II ceased, the Americans arrested Abe. This plan was initiated during the reign of General Douglas MacArthur- an American General who exercised his powers in the First World War, Second World War, and the Korean War. Abe Nobuyuki was not guilty of a crime related to war. He was later released.

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