Iwane Matsui

1878 - 1948

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Iwane Matsui (松井 石根, Matsui Iwane, July 27, 1878 – December 23, 1948) was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army and the commander of the expeditionary force sent to China in 1937. He was convicted of war crimes and executed by the Allies for his involvement in the Nanjing Massacre. Born in Nagoya, Matsui chose a military career and served in combat during the Russo-Japanese War (1904–05). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Iwane Matsui has received more than 386,582 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Iwane Matsui is the 326th most popular military personnel (down from 322nd in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from Japan (up from 122nd in 2019) and the 18th most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Iwane Matsui is most famous for being the first Japanese player to play in Major League Baseball.

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Among military personnels, Iwane Matsui ranks 326 out of 1,466Before him are Hans-Valentin Hube, Hugo Sperrle, Xiahou Yuan, Datis, Eduard Dietl, and Fyodor Tolbukhin. After him are Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, Jacques MacDonald, Walter Nowotny, Polyperchon, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, and Roger de Flor.

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Among people born in 1878, Iwane Matsui ranks 19Before him are Pyotr Wrangel, Alfred Döblin, Ferenc Molnár, Paul Reynaud, Milan Nedić, and Gemma Galgani. After him are Gustav Radbruch, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Alexander von Falkenhausen, Shigeru Yoshida, Arthur Scherbius, and Clemens August Graf von Galen. Among people deceased in 1948, Iwane Matsui ranks 31Before him are Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Theodor Morell, Zelda Fitzgerald, Georges Bernanos, John J. Pershing, and D. W. Griffith. After him are Hugo Boss, Umberto Giordano, Emil Ludwig, Yoshiko Kawashima, Uzeyir Hajibeyov, and Tamam Shud case.

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Among people born in Japan, Iwane Matsui ranks 116 out of 5,560Before him are Yamagata Aritomo (1838), Issei Sagawa (1949), Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835), Hōjō Tokimune (1251), Emperor Reigen (1654), and Emperor Higashiyama (1675). After him are Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797), Kobayashi Issa (1763), Isamu Akasaki (1929), Empress Kōjun (1903), Tokugawa Hidetada (1579), and Kuniaki Koiso (1880).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Iwane Matsui ranks 18Before him are Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Ishida Mitsunari (1559), Sanada Yukimura (1567), Tomoyuki Yamashita (1885), and Yamagata Aritomo (1838). After him are Toyotomi Hideyori (1593), Shoichi Yokoi (1915), Okita Sōji (1842), Honda Tadakatsu (1548), Mitsuru Ushijima (1887), and Saburō Sakai (1916).