Prime Minister of Japan, January - August 1939 President, Privy Council, 1936, 1945 Home Minister, December 1940 - July 1941 Jushin (Senior Advisor) to Hirohito
Baron Hiranuma served as one the chief political advisors and decision makers during World War II. He was the founder and president of Kokuhonsha, a right-wing patriotic society. During the trial, Hiranuma was represented by American Associate Counsel Samuel Jospeh Kleiman and Franklin E. N. Warren. His Japanese Chief Counsel was Rokuro Usami with Hisao Yanai, Kunio Sawa, Yoichi Mori, and Tameo Hongo acting as his Japanese Associate Counsel. Due to his elderly age, Hiranuma was excused at one point from the defendants box to be sent to the Sugamo Prison infirmary. The Tribunal found him guilty of counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, and 36. Sentenced to life imprisonment, Hiranuma was paroled in early 1952. Controversially, he was later enshrined, along with 13 other convicted defendants, at the Yasukuni Shrine.