Suzuki Teiichi

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Suzuki Teiichi
Suzuki Teiichi in 1963
Chief Executive of Guangdong Civil Administration
Assumed Office:
Preceded byUnidentifed
Member of the Japanese House of Peers
In office
October 1943 – 1960
Chief of the Cabinet Planning Board
In office
April 4, 1941 – October 1943
Minister of State
In office
April 4, 1941 – October 1943
Head of General Affairs Bureau of the East Asia Development Board
In office
1940 – 1941
Head of the Political Affairs Bureau of the East Asia Development Board
In office
December 1938 – 1940
Personal details
Native Name鈴木 貞一,
Date of BirthDecember 16, 1888
Place of BirthChiba Prefecture, Japan
Age at start73 years old
Nationality Japanese
RoleStarting head of state
Political PartyKanton Minseifu
Ideology Corporate Statism

Suzuki Teiichi is the Chief Executive of the Guangdong Civil Administration and the State of Guangdong. A former IJA officer with a long political career including being a economic advisor under the Tōjō administration. Two years before The New Order begins he was appointed by the Japanese Prime Minister to be the Chief Executive of Guangdong. The reason being the hope that his years of experience will allow him to bend this freewheeling corporate state to Tokyo's will. He however soon finds out that this goal is easier said than done.

In-Game Description[edit | edit source]

Biography as Chief Executive[edit | edit source]

A decorated IJA officer and former head of the Cabinet Planning Board, Suzuki Teiichi was intimately involved in the construction of Japan's wartime economy and the subsequent economic planning for the Japanese New Order in Asia. An esteemed member of the House of Peers since 1943, Prime Minister Ino has named Suzuki the next Chief Executive of the State of Guangdong in order to use his Chinese experience, military connections, and economic expertise to bend Guangdong's corporations to the will of Tokyo.

His hands-on and statist approach to running Guangdong's freewheeling economy rankles the Four Companies of Guangdong, which have become accustomed to running Guangdong with minimal interference. However, the culture of corruption fostered by years of weak oversight from Tokyo - and the backing of Yasuda Bank, per Prime Minister Ino's instructions - is enough for Suzuki to keep the Four Companies in line for now.

Suzuki sees a territory blinded by greed, forgetful of its obligations and unaware of the consequences of its actions. While he has no special affection for the Chinese in Guangdong, he is keenly aware that without the resources from Tokyo to maintain a strong security apparatus (as in Manchukuo), naked repression is not a sustainable solution to Chinese dissident activity. For the good of Japan, Suzuki will lay the foundations of a new, stronger Guangdong - and bring the corporate behemoths and their executives to heel.

Biography as Minister of Foreign Affairs[edit | edit source]

To many an outside observer, Suzuki Teiichi's appointment to be Japan's Foreign Minister is a surprising revival to a career thought dead after his dramatic fall from grace amongst Guangdong's capitalist tycoons. But Suzuki always maintained that he was a victim of circumstance, a loyal patriot fulfilling Tokyo's wishes in a hardship posting, simply caught in the blast radius of Yasuda's implosion - and it seems Prime Minister Kaya believes Suzuki's side of the story.

For Suzuki himself, the position to Foreign Minister is not simply redemption, or a simple promotion - it is the pinnacle of his career, a chance to redraw the economic and political map of Asia to his liking. Twenty years ago, he missed his chance to become the first Minister of Greater East Asia, building the Co-Prosperity Sphere under Tōjō; now, he will rebuild it under Kaya.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Military Career[edit | edit source]

Teiichi was born on December 16, 1888 in the Chiba Prefecture of Japan to a wealthy landowning family. Initially inspired by stories of his uncle's time in Manchuria during the Russo-Japanese War, Teiichi pursued an education in agricultural science. However after passing the examinations for the Imperial Japanese Army Academy and with a recommendation of his uncle, he choose to pursue a military career and graduated from the academy in 1910. After finishing the Army War College in 1917, Suzuki briefly studied economics and worked at the Ministry of Finance.

In 1920, Suzuki was deployed to Siberia during Japan's minor intervention into the Russian Civil War. For the most of the 1920s, he served various role with the IJA throughout Japan. By the end of the decade, he joined up with Isseki-Kai clique of the Japanese Army. In 1931, he took part in the abortive March coup. Afterwards he became a major voice advocating for Japanese continued expansion and in 1936 he co-wrote a pamphlet that advocates a theory for a "national defense state".

In February 1936, during the attempted February 26th coup. Suzuki was initially on the side supporting the coup, but switched sides when he realized the coup was going to fail. In the aftermath of the failed coup, Suzuki's defection allowed him to earn a spot close to Hideki Tojo. It however gave him a reputation as an opportunist among the military. This disdain was not help by the fact that most of his army experience was as a bureaucrat rather than in the field of combat. That changed in December of 1936 when he was assigned to command the IJA's 14th Infantry regiment, a position that allowed him to ascend to the rank of major general by the end of 1937.

Due to his stationing in Manchuria and his long experience working in China, in 1938 he was made Head of the Political Affairs Bureau of the East Asia Development Board. There Suzuki was in charge of managing political developments in Japanese occupied China. Suzuki's promotion to the board would see the beginnings of the political career, but he would still serve in the army until 1941 when he officially entered the reserve.

Political Career[edit | edit source]

While initially Head of the Political Affairs Bureau of the East Asia Development Board, in 1940 he was transferred to General Affairs of the East Asia Development Board. About a year later and around the time of his retirement from the Army, Suzuki would be invited to serve as both the Minister of State and Chief of the Cabinet Planning board for Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe's second and third administrations. In that position, he would take part of Hideki Tojo's efforts to force Fumimaro Konoe to resign from the position of prime minister.

Photo of Tojo's Cabinet circa 1941, Suzuki is bespectacled man to Tojo's right

Suzuki siding with Hideki Tojo would allow him to retain his position once Tojo became prime minister. Under Tojo, Japan would enter the Second World War against the USA and Suzuki played a major part of developing Japan's war economy; Also during this time, Suzuki was a major advocate for merging the Ministry of Colonial Affairs with the East Asia Department and South Pacific Department of the Foreign Ministry and the East Asia Development Board into a single ministry called the Ministry of Greater East Asia.

In November of 1942, Tojo would follow Suzuki's advice and establish the Ministry of Greater Asia. Due to this ministry being his idea, Suzuki was expecting to be the minister of this new ministry, but was shocked to see Tojo selecting the career bureaucrat Kazuo Aoki as Minister. This move would lead to Suzuki resigning from the Cabinet in November 1943.

After his resignation, Suzuki would shortly afterwards become a member of the House of Peers. While there, Suzuki's history in China would lead to him often being brought in as a special advisor. When the war ended in the Pacific and China, Suzuki would be involved with advising the development of many of the post-war economic system throughout Asia.

Things would change in 1960, when Prime Minister Ino named him the new Chief Executive of Guangdong.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Guangdong[edit | edit source]

In terms of TNO's gameplay, Suzuki's administration of Guangdong is set up as a linear prologue to Guangdong's content. During his time as Chief Executive, player will mostly be introduced to several key country mechanics and event wise be introduced to the major and recurring characters of Guangdong's narrative. Gameplay will be shaken up by Yasuda crisis which introduces a new tree based on allying with either the Chinese, Zhujin, or Japanese, culminating in the passage of the Financial Stabilization Ordinance to halt the impending economic collapse. However early into the tree an event chain will lead to the Legislative Council introducing a vote of no Confidence for Suzuki. The focus tree immediate switches to a new where Suzuki tries in vain to find enough support to prevent a majority of the council from voting him out office. Even if the player can succeed in winning over enough council members, an event chain will fired that leads to enough council members jumping ship to the other camp for the vote of no confidence to succeed. In the aftermath of the vote of no confidence Suzuki will be forcibly resign and leave for Japan. Matsuzawa Takuji is then placed as the as interim Chief Executive prior to the election of the next Chief Executive, starting the next phase of Guangdong's narrative and gameplay.

Suzuki can show up in a couple of flavor events if the IJA coup event line is fired, showing him enjoying the fact that the men who forced him out power are getting their comeuppance.

Kaya's Japan[edit | edit source]

After getting force out of power in Guangdong, Suzuki can show up in a playthrough of Japan with Kaya Okinori as prime minister. If the player chooses to side with Union of Imperial Rule Assistance Legislators faction of the Technocrats, Suzuki will be appointed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.