Keisuke Okada

Keisuke Okada

Fukui, Japan
Death 7 Oct 1952 (aged 84)
Burial Fuchu City, Fuchū-shi, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Plot 9-1-9-3
Memorial ID 20539 · View Source
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Japanese statesman and admiral. From 1927-29 and 1932-34, he served as Minister of the Navy. He later became the 31st Prime Minister of Japan, serving from July 8, 1934 to March 9, 1936. He resigned as Prime Minister after an abortive military coup of February 226,1936, in which he narrowly escaped assassination. Young officers of the conservative "Kodo" (Imperial Way) military faction, which desired international reconstruction and war with Russia, became impatient that their goals were not being met and planned a wave of assassinations. A group of 300 men were given the task of killing Okada, and shot four guards before gaining access to his official quarters, which were across the street from the Diet {Japanese Parliament) building. Upon hearing the shooting downstairs, Okada's brother-in-law hid him in a bathroom and faced the assassins alone. His resemblance to his Prime Minister brother-in-law resulted in his murder, as Okada was undiscovered, hiding under laundry for a couple of days. At the close of World War II, he was a key figure in pressing for a compromised peace.

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