Wakatsuki Reijirō

Wakatsuki Reijirō

Infobox Politician
name = Wakatsuki Reijirō

caption = Prime Minister of Japan
birth_date = birth date|1866|3|21|df=y
birth_place = Matsue, Shimane, Izumo, Japan
residence =
death_date = 20 November 1949 (age 83)
death_place = Tokyō, Japan
office = 25th Prime Minister of Japan
salary =
term_start = 28 January 1926
term_end = 20 April 1927
Acting until 30 January 1926
predecessor = Katō Takaaki
successor = Tanaka Giichi
constituency =
office2 = 28th Prime Minister of Japan
salary2 =
term_start2 = 14 April 1931
term_end2 = 13 December 1931
monarch = Emperor Taishō
Emperor Shōwa
predecessor2 = Hamaguchi Osachi
successor2 = Inukai Tsuyoshi
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term_end3 =
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party = Rikken Dōshikai
Rikken Minseitō
religion =
occupation = Cabinet Minister
majority =
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website =
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nihongo| Wakatsuki Reijirō, 1st Baron Wakatsuki |若槻 礼次郎| Wakatsuki Reijirō, (21 March, 186620 November, 1949) was a Japanese politician and the 25th and 28th Prime Minister of Japan. Opposition politicians of the time derogatorily labeled him "Usotsuki Reijirō", or "Reijirō the Liar". The official representation of his name in Chinese characters is 禮次郎.

Early life

Wakatsuki was born in Matsue, Izumo Province, (present day Shimane Prefecture). His father was named Okumura, a samurai who served the local Matsudaira daimyō. Later Wakatsuki married a woman of the Wakatsuki family who adopted him since the family had no male heir. He enrolled in the Tokyō Imperial University in 1892 and studied law.

Political career

After graduation, he worked in the Ministry of Finance as tax bureau director and later as vice-minister.

In 1911 he was appointed a senator in the House of Peers. He then served as the Minister of Justice under the 3rd Katsura administration and 2nd Ōkuma administration in the early 1910s and became a leading member of the Rikken Dōshikai, and of its successor the Kenseikai, in 1914.

In 1924, he was Home Minister in the cabinet of Kato Takaaki, and worked to enact the Universal Manhood Suffrage Law and the Peace Preservation Law in 1925.

As Prime Minister

On 30 January 1926, on Kato's unexpected death in office, he took over as Prime Minister of Japan. His first term lasted to 20 April 1927 when he was forced to resign during the Shōwa financial crisis.

After serving as chief delegate plenipotentiary to the London Naval Conference, he pushed strongly for speedy ratification of the disarmament treaty, thus earning the wrath of the Japanese military and various ultranationalist groups.

After Prime Minister Hamaguchi was forced out of office by the severe injuries he incurred in an assassination attempt, Wakatsuki assumed the leadership of the Rikken Minseitō, the successor to the Kenseikai. He once again became Prime Minister from 14 April 1931 to 13 December 1931.

During Wakatsuki’s second term, he failed to control the Army, and was unable either to prevent the Manchurian Incident from occurring, or to rein in the Army from further escalation of hostilities in China afterwards. After his retirement from the Prime Ministry, he strongly opposed the war against the United States, and after the declaration of hostilities, publicly stated the war should end as quickly as possible.

See also

* History of Japan


* Bix, Herbert B. "Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan". Harper Perennial (2001). ISBN 0060931302
*Brendon, Piers. "The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s". Vintage; Reprint edition (2002). ISBN 0375708081
* Jansen, Marius B. "The Making of Modern Japan". Belknap Press; New Ed edition (2002). ISBN 067400991
* Tolland, John. "The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945". Modern Library; Reprint edition (2003). ISBN 0812968581

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