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Tojo Hideki

Tōjō Hideki (東條 英機) (December 30, 1884 - December 23, 1948) was a Japanese general and Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II (from October 18,1941 - July 22,1944).

He was born in Tokyo.

Tojo was a member of the military clique that pushed Japan into war in the late 1930s. As War Minister in 1940 he was instrumental in leading Japan into the Axis Alliance with Nazi Germany and Italy. By 1941 he was premier and in command of the entire Japanese military, which so dominated Japan at the time that he was virtually the nation's dictator. He resigned on July 18, 1944 following a series of military disasters. After the war, he shot himself in the chest shortly before he was arrested as a suicide attempt. He recovered from his injuries at a hospital. He then was tried by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East for war crimes. He was found guilty of count 1 (waging wars of aggression, and war or wars in violation of international law), count 27 (waging unprovoked war against China), count 29 (waging aggressive war against the United States), count 31 (waging aggressive war against the British Commonwealth), count 32 (waging aggressive war against the Netherlands), count 33(waging aggressive war against France (Indochina)), and count 54 (ordering, authorizing, and permitting inhumane treatment of Prisoners of War (POWs) and others). He was sentenced to death on November 12, 1948 and executed by hanging.

Because of the crimes committed under his authority, Tojo is considered responsible for the murder of perhaps four million people. Tojo approved government-sanctioned biological experiments on P.O.Ws.

Preceded by:
Konoe Fumimaro
Prime ministers of Japan Succeeded by:
Koiso Kuniaki