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Okabe Naosaburo (1887-1946)

Okabe Naosaburo commanded North China Area Army in central China during Ichi-go. This army controlled the area from Wuchang-Hankow to Hengyang.

It has been alleged that Okabe was one of the instigators of the system of "comfort women" during his time with Shanghai Expeditionary Force in July 1938 (Yoshimi 2002):

According to various reports, the trigger causing such potent anti-Japanese sentiment is the widespread diffusion of news about rapes committed by Japanese military personnel in various areas. In fact, {these rapes} have fomented unexpectedly profound anti-Japanese feelings.... Along with strict controls on soldiers’ individual behavior of the aforementioned type, the provision of facilities for sexual comfort as quickly as possible is of great importance, {as it will} eliminate cases in which people violate the prohibition {on rape} for lack of facilities.

Service record

1887     

Born
1928
Colonel
Instructor, War College
1930

Commander, 1 Field Artillery Regiment
1931

Artillery Inspectorate
1932

Staff, Shanghai Expeditionary Force
1932

Chief, Training Section, 4 Burea, General Staff
1934

Director of Research Department, War College
1936
Major general
Deputy commandant, War College
1937-8-26
Lieutenant general      Chief of staff, North China Area Army
1938-7-15

Commander, 1 Division
1939-9-12

Commander, Mongolia Garrison Army
1940-9-29

Head, Technical Bureau
1942-10-8     

Supreme War Council and Commandant, War College
1943-10-29     
General Commander, 3 Area Army
1944-8-25

Commander, North China Area Army
1944-11-22

Commander, 6 Area Army
1946

Dies of illness in Shanghai Prison

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2007-11-28)

Pettibone (2007)

Yoshimi (2002; accessed 2011-7-23)



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