Yoshiyuki Kawashima

Yoshiyuki Kawashima (川島 義之, Kawashima Yoshiyuki, 25 May 1878 – 8 September 1945) was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army and Army Minister in the 1930s.

Yoshiyuki Kawashima
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General Yoshiyuki Kawashima
Native name
川島 義之
BornMay 25, 1878
Ehime prefecture, Japan
DiedSeptember 8, 1945(1945-09-08) (aged 67)
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service1898–1936
Rank帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―大将.svg General
Commands held
Other workArmy Minister


Kawashima was a native of Ehime prefecture. He graduated from the 10th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1898 (where one of his classmates was Sadao Araki, and graduated with honors from the 20th class of the Army Staff College in 1908. He was sent as a military attaché to Germany from 1910-1913.

After serving in the strategy and planning department and as Chief of Personnel Bureau within the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff, Kawashima was assigned command of the 1st Guards Infantry Brigade. He was promoted to major general in 1923 and lieutenant general in 1927. Kawashima subsequently commanded the IJA 19th Division and the IJA 3rd Division.

After being appointed deputy commander of the Inspectorate General of Military Training in 1932, he served as commander of the Chosen Army in Korea from 1932–1934 and as a member of the Supreme War Council after his promotion to full general in 1934.[1] Kawashima became Army Minister in 1935,[2] but was forced into retirement due to implications of his involvement with the attempted coup plotters of the February 26th Incident of 1936.[3]

Kawashima died shortly after the end of World War II on 8 September 1945.



  • Harries, Meirion (1994). Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army. Random House. ISBN 0-679-75303-6.
  • Shillony, Ben Ami (2001). Revolt in Japan; The young officers and the February 26, 1936 incident. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-07548-4.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ [1] Ammenthorp, Biography of General Yoshiyuki Kawashima
  2. ^ Wendel, Axis History Factbook
  3. ^ Shillony, Revolt in Japan
Political offices
Preceded by Army Minister
5 September 1935 – 9 March 1936
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by IJA Chosen Army
May 1932 – Aug 1934
Succeeded by