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Things You Didn't Know About Shigeru Yoshida

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Who Was Shigeru Yoshida

Shiregu Yoshida was a Japanese prime minister who held office as the 45th minister from 22nd May 1946 to 1947. He was re-elected and led Japan from 15th October 1948 as the 48th prime minister.

Due to his excellent leadership, Yoshida was appointed on 16th February 1949 as the prime minister. From 30th October 1952 to 21st May 1953, Shiregu retained his position as the 50th and 51st Japanese prime minister. This made him the third longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

Yoshida Came From A Political Lineage

Yoshida was born on 22nd September 1878 in Kanda-Surugadai, a district of Chiyoda in Tokyo. He was the son of a political activist Takeuchi Tsuna who was an alleged member of a Japanese social and political movement known as The Freedom and Peoples Rights Movement.

Yoshida's biological father was later arrested for organizing the anti-government movement and spreading conspiracies just before he was born.

Yoshida was Adopted

Little details are known about Shigeru's mother, who gave birth to him at the house of his father's friend, Kenzo Yoshida, who was also a successful businessman and manager at Hong Kong multinationals in Japan. All these events took place immediately after his biological father was arrested.

Kenzo Yoshida adopted Shigeru and took care of him as his father. Kenzo’s wife Kotoko supported the idea of Shigeru’s adoption.

Shigeru Yoshida Attended Tokyo Imperial University

Yoshida joined the elementary school in 1889 in a rural boarding school, after which Kenzo died, and as his son, he inherited a fortune from him. After completing secondary school in 1894, Yoshida joined the junior high school for further studies until 1895.

He later attended Crown Prince's Ethics academy for business studies, after which he briefly went to Keio University and today's Tokyo University of Science, initially referred to as Tokyo Physics School.

In 1897, Shigeru Yoshida went ahead and joined Peer's School. This was an institution that a famous journalist and politician ran in Japan, Duke Konoe Atsumaro, and it was known for teaching public service to people of high social class.

To further his studies, Shiregu went to a diplomats college, an institution under the same administration as the Peer's School. He finally studied law at Tokyo Imperial University, where he graduated in 1906.


Yoshida's First Career Was in Foreign Affairs

Immediately after completing his university studies, Yoshida took the Foreign Service Entry Exam and passed so well. This allowed him to join Japan's diplomatic corps in the Foreign Ministry.

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Yoshida Married The Politician's Daughter

In 1909, Yoshida married a lady known as Makino Yukiko, the first daughter of a Japanese court official and politician, Makino Nobuak. The two later got blessed with four adorable kids, Sakurako, Kenichi, Kazuko, and Masao, who joined Japan's political sphere just like their relatives.

Yoshida later had grandchildren; among them was Taro Aso, who was the Japanese 92nd prime minister from 2008 to 2009.

Yoshida Shigeru served In Over Five Countries As A Diplomat

In November 1906, Yoshida began his career in China after he was assigned to be on the Japanese mission in Tianjin. In 1909 and 1912, Yoshida was sent to Italy and South Korea, respectively, and in 1916, he was instructed to work at the Japanese embassy in the United States of America.

Japanese Army Opposed Yoshida's Appointment As Foreign Minister

The Japanese army denied Yoshida a chance to be in the office as a foreign minister as much as the Hirota Cabinet had appointed him in 1936. All these events resulted from the attempted coup d'etat by the Imperial Japanese Army. Shigeru was later refuted as the foreign minister and was alternatively chosen to be the ambassador to Italy from 1936 to 1938.

Shigeru Became Prime Minister Of Japan 5 Times

On 22nd May 1946, Shigeru became the 45th prime minister of Japan but was unfortunately ruled out of office due to continued misunderstandings with the government of the time. On 15th October 1948, Shigeru made a second triumphant entry to the office as the 48th prime minister.

During his ruling, the Japanese economy drastically grew. This was a massive turnout for Shigeru because he gained popularity and political fame. As a result, he retained his position as the Japanese prime minister in the three succeeding elections.

He was among the prime ministers who served Japan for an extended period. On 16th February 1949, he was appointed prime minister. From 30th October 1952 to 21st May 1953, he retained his position as the 50th and 51st Japanese prime minister.

Shigeru Died In 1967

The legend passed away on 20th October 1967 and was baptized on his death bed in the Roman Catholic religion that he had observed all his life. Tokyo's St. Mary's Cathedral took care of his send-off and made the event successful.

Shigeru left the Yoshida Doctrines as one of his many legacies. Shigeru began using the Yoshida Doctrine, which was aimed at restructuring Japan's domestic economy in 1951.

This Yoshiba doctrine was of great importance to Japan in that it even aided them during the entry to the United States in the cold war against communism.

Historians seconded the fact that the principle is and has been successful over the years. However, some of the critics still hold to the perception that the focus was inappropriate.

Yoshiba Shigeru was an actual historical icon. His contribution has and will be acknowledged by generations to come.

Looking at the above facts and the chronological history of Toshiba, he was undoubtedly an absolute legend.


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