Episode 116 – One Man Yoshida

Yoshida Shigeru was the postwar Prime Minister who helped salvage Japan’s economy after WWII and set the country on the course to recovery. Today we’ll discuss his background, time in office, and his influence on the course of Japan’s political history.

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Dower, John. Empire and Aftermath.

Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising.

Yoshida, Shigeru. Yoshida Shigeru: The Last Meiji Man.

Images

Yoshida Shigeru in elementary school. Note the kimono; up until high school, Yoshida attended fairly traditional traditional academies steeped in Confucian learning.
Yoshida Shigeru in elementary school. Note the kimono; up until high school, Yoshida attended fairly traditional traditional academies steeped in Confucian learning.
Yoshida as Prime Minister.
Yoshida as Prime Minister.
Yoshida signing the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty on September 8, 1951. The same day, Yoshida signed the Treaty of San Francisco formally ending the Occupation and WWII.
Yoshida signing the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty on September 8, 1951. The same day, Yoshida signed the Treaty of San Francisco formally ending the Occupation and WWII.
Yoshida with John Foster Dulles (left).
Yoshida with John Foster Dulles (left).
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