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Anami , Korechika
Anami , Korechika, born in Taketa on 21-02-1887, was a General in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II and was War Minister at the surrender of Japan. He was commissioned as a he became Chief of the Personnel Bureau in March 1937 and was promoted to Lieutenant General in March the following year. He was also a member of the Supreme Council for the Direction of the War, known as the Big 6 since it had six members. The Big 6 was highly influential upon the Cabinet. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs,  the pilot of the Enola Gay  was Paul Tibbets  (see Georg “Bob”Caron) the tailgunner of the of the Enola Gay, he also made the famous picture of the mushroom cloude + (Richard Nelson) the radio operator of the Enola Gay and the Soviet Union’s (Josef Stalin) declaration of war on Japan failed to sway Anami. He demanded that Japan “must fight to the end no matter how great the odds against us, unless four conditions were accepted by the Allies.

Death and burial ground of Anami , Korechika.

On 14-08-1945, Anami signed the surrender document with the rest of the cabinet. After the unsuccessful attempt to carry out a state coup on the night of 15-08-1945 he then attempted to commit suicide by “hara kiri”, stomach-cutting, early the next morning, at the age of 58.  Refusing to accept a coup de grace after opening his abdomen, he lived for almost an hour until a medical corpsman administered a fatal injection at 7.30 AM.  Anami’s son Anami Koreshige  served as Japan’s ambassador to China from 2001-2006. His sword and blood-splattered dress uniform and suicide note are on display at the Yushukan Museum next to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Anami is buried at Tama Reien Cemetery, in Fuchu, Tokyo. Close by the graves of the Russian spy, Richard Sorge, General, Commander of the IJA 10thDivision, Kazushige Ugaki, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
, Admiral, Nishizo Tsukahara, General, commander 4thFleet, the Principal of Naval Academy in Eta-jima, Shigeyoshi Inoue and General, “Tiger of Maleisië” Conqueror of Nederlands Oost-Indië, Tomeyuki Yamashito.


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