|Parent||Report of Closing of Interrogation - HOSHINO, Naoki|
|Date||6 March 1946|
|Collection||Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records|
|Folder||Files on Defendants; Hoshino, Itagaki 1946|
|Repository||University of Virginia Law Library|
Report of Valentine C. Hammack and Henry A. Haushurst. Case No. 69. 6 March 1946 HOSHINO, Naoki Report of Closing of Interrogation. In 1932 Hoshino went to Manchuria to become Director of the General Affairs Bureau of the Finance Department. In 1936 he joined the Manchukuo Government as Vice Minister of Finance, and in December 1936 became Chief of the General Affairs Board of Manchukuo directly under the Premier. In July 1940, he returned to Japan to become Minister without Portfolio and Chief or Chairman of the Cabinet Planning Board of the Second Konoye Cabinet. He resigned under pressure in April 1941 as a result of the opposition to the proposed economic plan for business, manufacturing, and industry in Japan. He was Secretary to the Tojo Cabinet and had been associated with General Too in Manchukuo when Tojo was Chief of Staff of the Kwantung Army. Hoshino is shifty and evasive about Cabinet Meetings and the Imperial Conference which were held in November – December 1941, all of which he attended. On further interrogation, Mr. Hoshino stated that he had assisted General Tojo in the drafting of the Declaration of War which the Emperor signed on December 8, 1941. The interrogation of Michyo IWAMURA, Minister of Justice in the Tojo Cabinet, developed the fact that Hoshino was very close to Tojo and was an ardent supporter of all of Tojo’s war policies. Hoshino also admitted that he was friendly to Tojo. It was the opinion of the undersigned that Hoshino is a major war criminal and as such shold be included in the indictment. No further interrogation is contemplated. Valentine C. Hammack. Henry A. Hauxhurst.