Governor-General of Korea
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Governor-General of Korea
Governor-General of Chosen
Ch?sen S?toku (????)
Seal of the Government-General of Korea.svg
ResidenceGovernment-General Building, Keij?
Appointer Emperor of Japan
Precursor Resident-General of Korea
Formation1 October 1910
First holderTerauchi Masatake
Final holderNobuyuki Abe
Abolished12 September 1945
SuccessionSoviet Union Soviet Civil Administration United States United States Army Military Government in Korea

The Governor-General of Chosen was the chief administrator of the Japanese colonial government in Korea from 1910 to 1945.

The Governor-General of Chosen was established shortly after the Korean Empire was formally annexed by the Empire of Japan in the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1910 to replace the title of Resident-General. The Governor-General of Chosen was appointed from Tokyo and accountable to the Emperor of Japan. The Governor-General of Chosen was responsible for colonial government affairs in Korea, including infrastructure, culture, justice, and the suppression of freedom of speech and the Korean independence movement.[1][2]

The Governor-General of Chosen was seated in the General Government Building in Keij? (Seoul) after its completion in 1926.[3]


After the annexation of Korea to Japan in 1910, the office of Resident-General was replaced by that of Governor-General. However, the position was unique in among Japan's external possessions, as the Governor-General had sweeping plenipotentiary powers, and the position also entailed judicial oversight and some legislative powers. As of 1944, the Governor-General did not command the Imperial Japanese Army or Imperial Japanese Navy units stationed in Korea.[4] Given the powers and levels of responsibility, only ranking full generals in the Japanese Army were selected for the post (with the sole exception of retired admiral Sait? Makoto).

The Governor-General of Chosen had a police organisation, which may have been partly involved in having Korean women working as comfort women.[5]

After the Japanese defeat in World War II, the Korean Peninsula was administrated by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea. The Governor-General building was completely demolished during administration of South Korean president Kim Yong-Sam on August 15, 1995.

Prime Ministers of Japan

Four individuals who held the position of the Governor-General of Korea also held the office of the Prime Minister of Japan. Three, Terauchi Masatake, Sait? Makoto, and Koiso Kuniaki, were Governors-General before becoming Prime Ministers. One, Abe Nobuyuki, was Prime Minister before his appointment as Governor-General. Ugaki Kazushige was named Prime Minister-designate, but he could not take office because he was unable to form a cabinet.

In addition, Resident-General It? Hirobumi served four terms as Prime Minister prior to his appointment to Korea.


Flag of the Japanese Resident General of Korea (T?kanki)

From 1906 to 1910, Korean Empire became a protectorate of Japan and Japan was represented by a Resident-General in the Korean Empire.

  1. Prince It? Hirobumi (1905–1909)
  2. Viscount Sone Arasuke (1909)
  3. General Viscount Terauchi Masatake (1909–1910)


After the annexation of Korea to Japan in 1910, the office of Resident General was replaced by that of Governor-General.

  1. General Count Terauchi Masatake (1910–1916)
  2. Gensui Count Hasegawa Yoshimichi (1916–1919)
  3. Admiral Viscount Sait? Makoto ? (1919–1927)
  4. General Ugaki Kazushige (1927)
  5. General Yamanashi Hanz? ?, (1927–1929)
  6. Viscount Sait? Makoto ? (second time 1929–1931)
  7. General Ugaki Kazushige (second time 1931–1936)
  8. General Minami Jir? (1936–1942)
  9. General (ret'd) Koiso Kuniaki (1942–1944)
  10. General (ret'd) Abe Nobuyuki ? (1944–1945)

See also


  • Kim, Djun (2005). The History of Korea. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-33296-7.
  1. ^ Governor-General of Korea. ?[Statistics Annual Report]
  2. ^ K? Bun'y? ? [Distorted facts about Governor-General of Korea](in Japanese). Kobunsya
  3. ^ The building was completely destroyed during administration of South Korean president Kim Yong-sam on August 15, 1995.
  4. ^ Grajdanzev, Andrew (2007). "The Government of Korea". Modern Korea (2 ed.). Orchard Press. p. 238. ISBN 978-1-4067-3825-4.
  5. ^ Tsutomu Nishioka [The Japanese government must not stop demanding the restoration of honour] in Seiron March 2016 (in Japanese). [Sankei Shimbun Sya]. p.83

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