Prince [1] Fumimaro Konoe (近衛 文麿, Konoe Fumimaro, often Konoye, 12 October 1891 – 16 December 1945) wis a Japanese politeecian in the Empire o Japan who served as the 34t, 38t an 39t Prime Meenister o Japan an foonder/leader o the Taisei Yokusankai. He wis Prime Menister in the lead-up tae Japan enterin Warld War II.

Fumimaro Konoe
近衞 文麿
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Prime Meenister o Japan
In office
22 Julie 1940 – 18 October 1941
Precedit biMitsumasa Yonai
Succeedit biHideki Tōjō
In office
4 Juin 1937 – 5 Januar 1939
Precedit biSenjūrō Hayashi
Succeedit biKiichirō Hiranuma
Leader o the Taisei Yokusankai
In office
12 October 1940 – 18 October 1941
Succeedit biHideki Tōjō
Personal details
Born12 October 1891(1891-10-12)
Tokyo, Japan
Dee'd16 December 1945(1945-12-16) (aged 54)
Tokyo, Japan
Poleetical pairtyImperial Rule Assistance Association (1940–1945)
Ither poleetical
Independent (Before 1940)


  1. Although -- in accordance with the system adopted by the Japanese imperial government from the Meiji period through the end of WWII -- the official English translation of Konoe's title was "prince," the title of kōshaku (ja:公爵) was actually a closer equivalent to "duke."