Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu
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Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu

Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu
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Marshal Admiral Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu
Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff

2 February 1932 - 9 April 1941
Taniguchi Naomi
Osami Nagano
Supreme War Council (Japan)
Personal details
BornOctober 16, 1875
Tokyo, Japan
DiedAugust 16, 1946(1946-08-16) (aged 70)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
AwardsCollar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum (1934)
Order of the Golden Kite, 1st class (1942)
Military service
AllegianceEmpire of Japan
Branch/service Imperial Japanese Navy
Years of service1895-1946
RankMarshal Admiral
CommandsTakachiho, Asahi, Ibuki
Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff
Battles/warsRusso-Japanese War
Battle of the Yellow Sea
Battle of Tsushima
World War I
World War II

Marshal Admiral Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu (, Fushimi-no-miya Hiroyasu ?, October 16, 1875 – 16 August 1946) was a scion of the Japanese imperial family and was a career naval officer who served as chief of staff of the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1932 to 1941.

Early life

Prince Hiroyasu was born in Tokyo as Prince Narukata, the eldest son of Prince Fushimi Sadanaru (1858-1923) by one of his concubines. He was the twenty-third head of the Fushimi-no-miya, one of the four shinn?ke cadet branches of the imperial family entitled to succeed to the throne in default of a direct heir. Prince Fushimi was a second cousin to both Emperor Sh?wa (Hirohito) and Empress K?jun, and nephew of Prince Kan'in Kotohito

He succeeded to title Kach?-no-miya on April 23, 1883, upon which he changed his name from "Narukata" to "Hiroyasu," but returned to the house of Fushimi-no-miya on January 16, 1904.

Marriage & family

On January 9, 1896, Prince Hiroyasu married Tokugawa Tsuneko (1882-1939), the ninth daughter of Prince Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Japan's last sh?gun, with whom he had six children:

  1. Prince Fushimi Hiroyoshi (, Hiroyoshi-?, December 8, 1897 - October 19, 1938)
  2. Princess Yasuko (?, Yasuko-nyo?, 1898-1919); Married Marquis Asano Nagatake
  3. Prince Hirotada (, Hirotada-?, 1902-1924); Became Prince Kach? Hirotada
  4. Prince Hironobu (, Hironobu-?, 1905-1970); Became Marquis Kach? Hironobu: took peerage title of Marquis and succeeded to head of Kach?-no-miya household
  5. Princess Atsuko (?, Atsuko nyo?, 1907-1936); Married Count Kiyosu Yukiyasu.
  6. Princess Tomoko (? Tomoko nyo?, 1907-1947); married Prince Kuni Asaakira.
  7. Prince Hirohide (, Hirohide-?, 1912-1943); Became Count Fushimi Hirohide: took peerage title of Count, served in IJN, KIA.

Military career

Prince Hiroyasu entered the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy on 5 April 1886, but resigned in September 1889 and moved to Germany. He enrolled in the Naval Academy of the Kaiserliche Marine on 8 April 1892. Promoted to midshipman (Fähnrich zur See) on March 30, 1893 and to ensign (OberFanrich zur See) on April 20, 1894, he graduated from the academy on 15 August 1895 and returned to service in the IJN. He spoke fluent German. He then served aboard the cruisers Itsukushima and Matsushima. On December 1, 1897, he was promoted to sub-lieutenant and assigned to the battleship Fuji, receiving a promotion to lieutenant on December 27. Promoted to lieutenant-commander on July 29, 1903, he served in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), and sustained wounds aboard the battleship Mikasa in the Battle of the Yellow Sea (August 1904). He later served as executive officer on the cruiser Niitaka, battleship Okinoshima, and cruisers Naniwa and Nisshin.[2] He was awarded the Order of the Golden Kite, 4th class, for his services in the Russo-Japanese War, and was promoted to commander on September 28, 1906.

He studied in Great Britain from 1907 to 1910 and upon his return to Japan was promoted to captain on December 1, 1910. He commanded the cruiser Takachiho (1910), and later the Asahi and the battlecruiser Ibuki. Promoted to rear admiral on August 31, 1913, he rose to vice admiral on December 1, 1916 and to full admiral on December 1, 1922. He was a member of the Supreme War Council from 1920 onward. He was a strong supporter of the Fleet Faction within the Navy, pushing for cancellation of the Washington Naval Agreement and the building of a more powerful navy.

Prince Hiroyasu succeeded his father as the twenty-third head of the house of Fushimi in 1923. He was appointed commander of the Sasebo Naval District in 1924. Admiral Prince Fushimi became the chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff on February 2, 1932, replacing Admiral Abo Kiyokazu, and held the post to April 9, 1941.

Prince Fushimi received the largely honorary rank of marshal admiral on May 27, 1932, and the Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum in 1934.

While he was Chief of Staff of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service used strategic bombing against Chinese cities including Shanghai and Chongqing. The bombing of Nanjing and Guangzhou, which began on September 22-23, 1937, resulted in widespread international condemnation of Japan and a resolution against Japan by the Far Eastern Advisory Committee of the League of Nations.

As Chief of Staff, he supported the "southward advance" into northern French Indochina and the Dutch East Indies, but expressed reservations about the Tripartite Pact during the September 19, 1940, Imperial Conference.

Hiroyasu Fushimi was awarded the Order of the Golden Kite, 1st class, in 1942. He remained a member of the Supreme War Council throughout the Pacific War, but officially retired from the active list in 1945.

After the war, Fushimi was the honorary president of the Imperial Life Boat Association, the Japan Seamen's Relief Association, the Cancer Research Society, the Naval Club, the Japan-German Society, and the Scientific and Chemical Research Institute.

Like all members of the Imperial family involved in the conduct of the war, Prince Fushimi was exonerated from criminal prosecutions before the Tokyo tribunal by Douglas MacArthur. He died in Tokyo shortly after the end of World War II on August 16, 1946.





  1. ^ Nishida, Imperial Japanese Navy.
  2. ^ Nishida, Imperial Japanese Navy
  3. ^ Royal Decree of 1910/-Mémorial du centenaire de l'Ordre de Léopold. 1832-1932. Bruxelles, J. Rozez, 1933..


  • Bix, Herbert P. (2001). Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan. Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-06-093130-2.
  • Frank, Richard B. (2001). Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire. Penguin (Non-Classics). ISBN 0-14-100146-1.
  • Spector, Ronald (1985). Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan. Vintage. ISBN 0-394-74101-3.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Yamaya Tanin
Commander-in-chief of the 2nd Fleet
1 December 1919 - 1 December 1920
Succeeded by
Suzuki Kantar?
Preceded by
Sait? Hanroku
Commander-in-chief of Sasebo Naval District
5 February 1924 - 15 April 1925
Succeeded by
Hyakutake Sabur?
Preceded by
Taniguchi Naomi
Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff
2 February 1932 - 9 April 1941
Succeeded by
Nagano Osami

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