Shigenori Togo
Historical Figure
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: 1882
Date of Death: 1950
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Diplomat
Political Office(s): Legislator,
Foreign Minister
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance;
Tilting the Balance;
Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Shigenori Togo (10 December 1882 – 23 July 1950) was two-time Foreign Minister of Japan, serving at both the outset of the war with the United States, and again at the end. Togo was dubious about Japan's ability to defeat the U.S. before and during the war, and was one of those who pressed for Japan's surrender in 1945. As he had signed the declaration of war against the U.S., he was convicted for war crimes, and died in prison.

Togo was of Korean descent. His birth name was actually Park, but his father took the name Togo.

Shigenori Togo in Worldwar Edit

Shigenori Togo was Foreign Minister of Japan during first the aborted World War II and then during the war against the Race's Conquest Fleet.[1]

Togo represented Japan at Big Five strategy conferences; having been the only country in that alliance which had fought neither Germany nor the Soviet Union in World War II, he was best qualified to mediate the frequent bickering between Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov at those meetings.[2] Unlike Molotov, Ribbentrop, and American Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Togo refused to visit Fleetlord Atvar aboard the 127th Emperor Hetto. After Ribbentrop described his own meeting with Atvar, Togo privately reproached him in German, saying "There is no excuse for treating with the enemy." (Togo, who had learned German from his wife, believed he was making a private aside to Ribbentrop, as, since Ribbentrop was fluent in English, German translators were not employed at Big Five meetings. However, Molotov's English translator happened to speak German, so Molotov caught the reproof, which applied to him as well as to Ribbentrop.)[3][4]

It was Togo who first alerted the rest of the Big Five that the Race's Conquest Fleet was simply a precursor, and that a Colonization Fleet would be arriving in the next 20 years.[5] All parties quickly agreed that, even if the Conquest Fleet were defeated, the Big Five must remain united pending the arrival of the Colonization Fleet.[6]

Togo represented his nation at the Peace of Cairo in 1944, although, as Japan had not developed an explosive-metal bomb and secured diplomatic ties with the Race, he was there informally.[7] He secured a recognition of Japanese sovereignty from the Race, though he could not save Japan's mainland empire including Korea and China, which the Race had overrun.[8] The possibility that the Race might retain territory between the Soviet Union and Germany was Togo's initially, although it played well into the USSR's hands.[9]


  1. In the Balance, pg. 221.
  2. Ibid. pg. 225
  3. Ibid., pg. 224.
  4. See also Inconsistencies in Turtledove's Work#Inconsistencies in Worldwar.
  5. Tilting the Balance, pgs. 121-122.
  6. Ibid. pgs. 123-124.
  7. Striking the Balance, pg. 373, PB
  8. Ibid., see, e.g. 439.
  9. Ibid., pg. 397.
Political offices
Preceded by
Teijirō Toyoda
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Oct 1941 – Sept 1942
Succeeded by
Hideki Tojo
Preceded by
Kantarō Suzuki
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Apr 1945 – Aug 1945
Succeeded by
Mamoru Shigemitsu
Preceded by
Teijirō Toyoda
Minister for Colonial Affairs
Oct 1941 – Dec 1941
Succeeded by
Hiroya Ino
Preceded by
Kantarō Suzuki
Minister for Greater East Asia
Apr 1945 – Aug 1945
Succeeded by
Mamoru Shigemitsu