Yoshio Kozuki

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Yoshio Kozuki(上月 良夫,Kōzuki Yoshio, November 7, 1886 April 3, 1971) was a Lieutenant-General in the Imperial Japanese Army, who commanded the Japanese Seventeenth Area Army in Korea from April 1945 until the end of World War II.

Imperial Japanese Army Official ground-based armed force of the Empire of Japan, from 1868 to 1945

The Imperial Japanese Army was the official ground-based armed force of the Empire of Japan from 1868 to 1945. It was controlled by the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff Office and the Ministry of the Army, both of which were nominally subordinate to the Emperor of Japan as supreme commander of the army and the navy. Later an Inspectorate General of Aviation became the third agency with oversight of the army. During wartime or national emergencies, the nominal command functions of the emperor would be centralized in an Imperial General Headquarters (IGHQ), an ad-hoc body consisting of the chief and vice chief of the Army General Staff, the Minister of the Army, the chief and vice chief of the Naval General Staff, the Inspector General of Aviation, and the Inspector General of Military Training.

Japanese Seventeenth Area Army military unit

The Japanese Seventeenth Area Army was a field army of the Imperial Japanese Army during the final stages of World War II.

World War II 1939–1945, between Axis and Allies

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Yoshio Kozuki became an infantry officer in 1909 and was a language officer in Germany. He served in several positions, until August 1940 when he became commander of the IJA 19th Division, based in Korea.

On July 4 1942 he was appointed Commander of the 2nd Army based in Manchukuo until May 28 1943, when he took over the command of the Mongolia Garrison Army. In November 1944, he became Commander of the 11th Army and in April 1945 of the Seventeenth Area Army in Korea, which was demobilized in August 1945 without having seen combat.

Second Army (Japan) 1894-1945 army-level field formation of the Imperial Japanese Army

The Japanese 2nd Army was an army of the Imperial Japanese Army. It was raised and demobilized on four separate occasions.

Manchukuo Former Japan puppet state in China

Manchukuo, officially the State of Manchuria prior to 1934 and the Empire of Manchuria after 1934, was a puppet state of the Empire of Japan in Northeast China and Inner Mongolia from 1932 until 1945. It was founded in 1932 after the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, and in 1934 it became a constitutional monarchy. Under the de facto control of Japan, it had limited international recognition.

The Mongolia Garrison Army was an army of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

After the war, he was Vice-minister of demobilization and in 1947 Head of the Demobilization Bureau, which fell under the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

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