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Kaigun-gensui
海軍元帥
Gensui Badge
Country Japanese Empire
Service branch Imperial Japanese Navy
Formation20 January 1898
Abolished1945
Next higher rankDai-gensui
Next lower rankAdmiral
Equivalent ranksGensui (Army)

Kaigun-gensui (海軍元帥, Grand admiral), formal rank designations: Gensui-kaigun-taishō (元帥海軍大将, Marshal-admiral) was the highest rank in the prewar Imperial Japanese Navy. The term gensui was used for both the navy and the Imperial Japanese Army, and was a largely honorific title awarded for extremely meritorious service to the Emperor. In the Meiji period, the title was awarded to five generals and three admirals. In the Taishō period it was awarded to six generals and six admirals, and in the Shōwa period it was awarded to six generals and four admirals. Equivalent to a five-star rank (OF-10), it is similar to Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy and Fleet admiral in the United States Navy.

List of Kaigun-gensui

Note that several were promoted the same year they died; these were posthumous promotions.

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Appointed Retired Origin Ref.
Marquis
Saigō Tsugumichi
(1843–1902)
20 January 1898 Kagoshima
Count
Itō Sukeyuki
(1843–1914)
31 January 1906
Viscount
Inoue Yoshika
(1845–1929)
31 October 1911
Marquis
Tōgō Heihachirō
(1847–1934)
21 April 1913
Prince
Arisugawa Takehito
(1862–1913)
7 July 1913 Imperial Family
Baron
Ijūin Gorō
(1852–1921)
26 May 1917 Kagoshima
Prince
Higashifushimi Yorihito
(1867–1922)
26 May 1917 Imperial Family
Baron
Hayao Shimamura
(1858–1923)
8 January 1923 Kōchi
Baron
Katō Tomosaburō
(1861–1923)
24 August 1923 Hiroshima
Prince
Fushimi Hiroyasu
(1876–1946)
27 May 1932 Imperial Family
Isoroku Yamamoto
(1884–1943)
18 April 1943 Nagaoka
Osami Nagano
(1880–1947)
21 June 1943 Kōchi
Mineichi Koga
(1885–1944)
31 March 1944 Arita

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