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Imperial Japanese Navy
(IJN)
大日本帝國海軍
(Dai-Nippon Teikoku Kaigun)
Naval ensign of the Empire of Japan.svg
Ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy
Active 1868–1945
Country  Empire of Japan
Allegiance Imperial General Headquarters
Ministry of the Navy
Navy General Staff
Branch Combined Fleet
Navy Air Service
Navy Land Forces
Type Navy
Engagements Invasion of Taiwan
First Sino-Japanese War
Russo-Japanese War
World War I
Second Sino-Japanese War
World War II
Commanders
Ceremonial chief Emperor of Japan
Notable
commanders
Isoroku Yamamoto
Tōgō Heihachirō
Itoh Sukeyuki
Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu
and many others

The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN; Kyūjitai: 大日本帝國海軍 Shinjitai: 大日本帝国海軍 ' or 日本海軍 Nippon Kaigun, "Navy of the Greater Japanese Empire") was the navy of the Empire of Japan from 1868 until 1945, when it was dissolved following Japan's defeat and surrender in World War II. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was formed after the dissolution of the IJN.

The Japanese Navy was the third largest navy in the world by 1920, behind the Royal Navy and the United States Navy (USN). It was supported by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service for aircraft and airstrike operation from the fleet. It was the primary opponent of the Western Allies in the Pacific War.

History

The IJN was dissolved at the end of World War II.

Legacy

Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan prohibits the use of aggressive force as a means for settling international disputes.

In order to defend Japan, if necessary, the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) was formed.

The ocean-reach of JSDF is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

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