Nogi Maresuke, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Nogi Maresuke

Japanese general

Date of Birth: 25-Dec-1849

Place of Birth: Edo, Japan

Date of Death: 13-Sep-1912

Profession: military personnel, politician

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn


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About Nogi Maresuke

  • Count Nogi Maresuke (?? ??), also known as Kiten, Count Nogi (25 December 1849 – 13 September 1912), was a Japanese general in the Imperial Japanese Army and a governor-general of Taiwan.
  • He was one of the commanders during the 1894 capture of Port Arthur from China.
  • He was a prominent figure in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05, as commander of the forces which captured Port Arthur from the Russians. He was a national hero in Imperial Japan as a model of feudal loyalty and self-sacrifice, ultimately to the point of suicide.
  • In the Satsuma Rebellion, he lost a banner of the emperor in battle, for which he tried to atone with suicidal bravery in order to recapture it, until ordered to stop.
  • In the Russo-Japanese War, he captured Port Arthur but he felt that he had lost too many of his soldiers, so requested permission to commit suicide, which the emperor refused.
  • These two events, as well as his desire not to outlive his master (junshi), motivated his suicide on the day of the funeral of the Emperor Meiji.
  • His example revitalized the samurai practice of seppuku ritual suicide.

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