Elder Statesman (Japan)

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The Elder Statesman 元老 Genro was an unofficial political title, given to the retired statesmen, who was given authority to provide direct advise to the Emperor, by the personal statement of Emperor.

Elder Statesmen

name date of birth date of statement date of death note
1 Ito Hirobumi 2 Sept 1841 1 Nov 1889 26 Oct 1909
2 Kuroda Kiyotaka 16 Oct 1840 1 Nov 1889 25 Aug 1900
3 Yamagata Aritomo 22 leap Apr 1838 6 May 1891 1 Feb 1922
4 Matsukata Masayoshi 25 Feb 1935 12 Jan 1898 2 Jul 1924
5 Inoue Kaoru 28 Nov 1837 18 Feb 1904 1 Sept 1915
6 Saigo Tsugumichi 4 May 1843 18 Jul 1902 no specific statement,
but regarded as Elder Statesman virtually
7 Oyama Iwao 10 Oct 1842 13 Aug 1912 4 Dec 1916
8 Katsura Taro 28 Nov 1847 13 Aug 1912 11 Oct 1913
9 Saionji Kinmochi 23 Oct 1849 21 Dec 1912 24 Nov 1940

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