Shimomura, Hiroshi (1875 - 1957)

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Occupation, Status Government Official, Journalist
Birthplace(modern name) Wakayama
Date of Birth and Death May 11, 1875 - Dec. 9, 1957
Pen name etc. Kainan


Government official and journalist. Born in Wakayama. After graduating from the Imperial University of Tokyo, he joined the Ministry of Communications and served as Director of the Currency Exchange and Deposit Department. In 1915, he became involved in colonial administrations when he was commissioned the director of the Civil Administration Bureau of the Government-General of Formosa (later, Director-general of the Administration Bureau). In 1919, he became a Doctor of Jurisprudence. In 1921, he joined the Osaka Asahi Shimbun newspaper company and was promoted to vice president in 1930. Retiring from the company in 1926, he became a member of the House of Peers in the following year. In 1943, he became a chairman of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. In April 1945, he became a member of the Kantaro Suzuki cabinet as the Minister and Director of the Information Bureau. In the same year, he was kept in custody as a war criminal. He was purged from official posts from 1946 to 1951. His writings include "Shimbun-ni-hairite" (Entered into the press world) (1915), "Shusen hishi" (Secret Story of War End) (1950), and also many other essays and collections of poems.

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Source:Honke Gaeri
Call no.:632-66
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Source:Sho Kansho Yotashi Shonin Meikan vol.1
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