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Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka
South East Area Fleet, Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)
Background
Jinichi Kusaka (草鹿 任一 was born December 7, 1888 in Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. His name is also spelled Jin-Ichi Kusaka in English sources. His cousin, Ryūnosuke Kusaka who also joined the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and also became an Admiral. He attended the Imperial Japanese Navy Academy graduating 21st in his class. Afterwards, he served as a midshipman aboard cruiser Soya and crusier Chiyoda. Commissioned as an ensign he was assigned to cruiser Tokiwa then battleship Aki. On November 15, 1940 was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral.

Wartime History
On December 24, 1942 became commander of the Southeast Area Fleet at Rabaul in command of all Naval forces in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. In early April 1943, during Operation I-Go he we photographed with Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Although cut off from resupply and isolated, Kusaka remained at Rabaul until the end of the Pacific War.

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On September 6, 1945 Vice Admiral Kusaka was the senior Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) officer at Rabaul and with Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) General Hitoshi Imamura signed the instrument of surrender aboard HMS Glory (R62) surrendered Rabaul and all Japanese forces under their control on New Britain and the Solomon Islands.

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Fate
Kusaka passed away on August 24, 1972 at aged 83.

References
Admiral Jinichi Kusaka Nothing New on the Rabaul Front (1958) autobiography of Kusaka
FindAGrave - Adm Jinichi Kusaka (photo)

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