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Parent Summary Brief about Teiichi Suzuki
Language English
Collection Roy L. Morgan Papers
Box Box 3
Folder 1946 [IMFTE] (IPS) Translations of interrogations.
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
Summary Brief re SUZUKI, Teiichi (Lieutenant General) Lieutenant General Teiichi SUZUKI, a career army man, served as a member of the military affairs section of the War Ministry during 1931 and 1932, and served as Head of the Newspaper Section of the War Ministry in 1933. In May, 1935 he became an official of the Investigation Bureau of the Cabinet, the forerunner of the Cabinet Planning Board. From December 1938 he was Head of the Administration Section of the China Affairs Bureau and became acting head of the Bureau in January 1941. IN April 1941 he became President of the Cabinet Planning Board and minister without portfolio and held these offices until October 1943 when he resigned and became a member of the House of Peers of the Diet. From December 1943 to June 1944 he served as a Cabinet adviser to Premier TOJO. As a member of the military affairs bureau in 1931 and 1932, SUZUKI acted in a liaison capacity with the Foreign Office with respect to the army’s ideas and recommendations with respect to the withdrawal from the League of Nations, he personally advocating the withdrawal. As a member of the staff of the China Affairs Board from 1938 to 1941 and as acting head of the organization, from January to April 1941, he occupied an extremely important position in a governmental body which was entrusted with the task of exploiting China during the years of fighting following the China Incident. He occupied the position of President of the Planning Board throughout the crucial period from April 1941 to December 8, 1941, and for some time thereafter. The object of the Planning Board was to formulate plans for the development, support and preservation of the national resources and strength and to coordinate and use them for the development of a war economy. He thus held the key position in the mobilization of Japanese economy for war. As minister without portfolio, he attended, participated in and voted at all cabinet meetings, liaison conferences, and conferences before the throne. He supported the protocol between France and Japan of July, 1941, wherein Japan and France agreed to cooperate militarily in Indo-China. He supported TOJO’s war policies and acted as TOJO’s agent in the overthrow of the Third KONOE Cabinet, a move designed to effectuate those policies. He supported TOJO’s position with respect to war with the United States and voted therefore. HE attended the liaison conference and participated in the decision with respect to the contents of the final note to the United States and with respect to the time of its delivery.