|Parent||Summary Brief about General Minami|
|Collection||Roy L. Morgan Papers|
|Folder||1946 [IMFTE] (IPS) Translations of interrogations.|
|Repository||University of Virginia Law Library|
Summary Brief of General Minami (Jiro) General MINAMI was Commander of the Japanese Arm in Korea from 1929 to 1931. He was Minister of War under WAKATSUKI from April to December 1913. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Kwantung Army and concurrent Ambassador to Manchukuo in December 1934, remaining until February 1936. He was appointed Governor-General of Korea in 1936 and retained that position until 1942. In March, 1944, he became a member of the Greater Japan Political Association. As War Minister, MINAMI disseminated expansionist propaganda to divisional commanders, specifically directing their attention to the interest of Japan in Manchuria and Mongolia. On September 18, 1931, the Manchurian Incident occurred and within the period of a few months Japanese troops had occupied a large part of Manchuria. As War Minister, MINAMI remains responsible for the occurrence and spread of that Incident, the first link in the chain of Japanese aggression. A month after he left office as War Minister (December 1931) he delivered a speech advocating further advance in Manchuria, early completion of the Kivin-Kwanis Railway, making the Japan Sea a Japanese Lake and facilitating the advance into North Manchuria.