GUNJI Shigetada

Date of Birth and Death
December 16, 1860 - August 15, 1924
Birthplace (modern name)
Tokyo
Occupation, Status
Naval Officer
Pen name etc.
GUNJI Naritada

Description

Naval officer. Born in Tokyo, the son of a vassal of the Shogun and the older brother of novelist Rohan Koda. He entered the Naval Academy in 1872. In 1893, he became a reserve navy lieutenant. He organized the Hokogikai and went to explore the Kuril Islands, which had become Japanese domain under the Sahalin-Kuril Islands Exchange Treaty. Gunji established a colony on the northernmost Shimushu Island to develop fishing grounds. He returned to Tokyo to engage in the Sino-Japanese War. During the Russo-Japanese War, he was captured and imprisoned by Russian troops until he was released and returned to Japan after the war. During World War I, he undertook confidential government assignments in Siberia.

Publications

National Diet Library Online

SNS

GUNJI Shigetada

  • Portrait of GUNJI Shigetada1
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  • Portrait of GUNJI Shigetada3