Yosuke Matsuoka

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Yosuke Matsuoka (1880-1946) was the Foreign Minister of the Empire of Japan from 1940 to 1941.

Matsuoka went to the United States at the age of 13, and graduated from Oregon State University. After returning to Japan Matsuoka became a diplomat and served in China, Russia, the United States, and other countries.

In 1921, Matsuoka became Director of the Manchuria Railway and was appointed Vice-chairman in 1927. In 1930, he was elected to the Japanese House of Representatives.

He was appointed Japan's chief delegate plenipotentiary to the League of Nations. In 1933 Matsuoka walked out of talks on the resolution relating to Manchuria, and Japan soon withdrew from the League.

Matsuoka became President of the Manchuria Railway in 1935.

In 1940 Matsuoka concluded the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy and the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact in 1941 while he was Foreign Minister of the second Konoe cabinet.

After the war, he was classified as a class-A war criminal, but he died from illness before his sentencing.

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