Prime Minister in 1940
Cabinet list Abe Nobuyuki cabinet
Tenure as Prime Minster: 140 days.
Born in Ishikawa prefecture
Abe graduated from the Army Academy and the Army War College. He served
as chief of the Military Affairs Bureau (Gummukyoku/cho) and army vice-minister
before being appointed minister of state in 1930. In 1939 he formed a cabinet
after the resignation of Hiranuma Kiichiro. Abe sought to end the Sino-Japanese
War of 1937-1945 and to maintain neutrality in the European conflict. Unsupported
by the political parties and the military, he resigned in January 1940.
Three months later he was sent to Nanjing (Nanking) to advise the puppet
regime of Wang Jingwei (Wang Ching-wei) to negotiate a treaty ensuring
Japan's military and economic rights in occupied China. He was appointed
governor-general of Korea in 1944. After World War II, Abe was listed as
a war criminal but was never indicted.
Abe Nobuyuki, 1875-1953