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Takashima Tomonosuke

Takashima Tomonosuke
General Takashima Tomonosuke
Born December 18, 1844
Satsuma han, Japan
Died January 11, 1916(1916-01-11) (aged 71)
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1874-1916
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held IJA 4th Division
Battles/wars Boshin War
Satsuma Rebellion
Awards Order of the Rising Sun (1st class)
Other work Minister of War

Viscount Takashima Tomonosuke (高島 鞆之助, 18 December 1844 – 11 January 1916) was a general in the early Imperial Japanese Army.


Born into a samurai family of Satsuma han (present day Kagoshima Prefecture, Takashima studied at the Han school Zōshikan. He fought in the Boshin War to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate. He was commissioned into the fledgling Imperial Japanese Army in 1874. He served as vice-chief of the First Bureau of the Ministry of War, and Commandant of the Kyododan (School for Non-commissioned Officers).

During the Satsuma Rebellion, he fought against his former Satsuma colleagues, and led the IJA 1st Detached Infantry Brigade. Takashima was promoted to lieutenant general in 1883.

In 1884, Takashima was ennobled with the title of viscount (shishaku) under the kazoku peerage system, and in 1887 was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun 1st class.

In 1888, Takashima was commander of the IJA 4th Division. He became Minister of War in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Matsukata Masayoshi in 1891.[1]

Takashima was appointed to the Privy Council in 1892. In 1895, he became Vice Governor-General of Taiwan. He again took up the post of Minister of War under the 2nd cabinet of Prime Minister Itō Hirobumi and 2nd cabinet of Prime Minister Matsukata from 1896 to 1898, and was appointed again to the Privy Council from 1899 to his death in 1916.



  • Harries, Meirion (1994). Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army. Random House.  

External links


  1. ^ Wendel, Axis History Factbook
Political offices
Preceded by
Ōyama Iwao
War Minister
May 1891 – Aug 1892
Succeeded by
Ōyama Iwao
Preceded by
Ōyama Iwao
War Minister
Sep 1896 – Aug 1898
Succeeded by
Katsura Tarō
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