Yoshida Shigeru Last Meiji Man

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  • Copyright: 2007-02-16
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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The most complete autobiography of Yoshida Shigeru available in English, this expanded translation of his memoirs traces the remarkable life and times of one of Japan's most powerful and influential figures. Yoshida (1878-1967), who served in China and Europe as a career diplomat, was closely linked with the key political leaders who shaped the world in Japan's most tumultuous years in the first half of the twentieth century. He returned to politics to rebuild Japan as a five-time prime minister after the devastation of World War II.

Author Biography

Hiroshi Nara is professor and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh

Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Editionp. ix
Editor's Notep. xv
Preface to the Original Editionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Yoshida Memoirs: The Story of Japan in Crisis
The Unfolding Tragedyp. 3
The Crisis Breaksp. 13
Aftermath of Defeatp. 27
Blueprint for an Occupationp. 37
General MacArthur and His Aidesp. 41
My Political Apprenticeshipp. 51
The "Yoshida Era" Beginsp. 58
My First Cabinetp. 65
In Opposition-and an Election Victoryp. 70
The Last Three Yoshida Cabinetsp. 75
The West Revisitedp. 83
Old Friends in Britain and the United Statesp. 96
The Postwar Constitutionp. 104
Critics of the New Constitutionp. 117
The Purgesp. 120
Educational Reformp. 136
Police Reformp. 144
The Self-Defense Forcep. 149
Agricultural Reformp. 160
The Postwar Food Crisisp. 167
Labor Reforms and Afterp. 172
My Views on Japan's Labor Movementp. 181
The Communists as a Destructive Forcep. 188
The San Francisco Peace Treatyp. 197
Preparatory Negotiations for Peacep. 202
The San Francisco Peace Conferencep. 206
The Territorial Questionp. 211
The U.S.-Japan Security Treatyp. 213
The Administrative Agreementp. 218
Postscriptp. 224
New Translation
Korean War, Peace, and Independencep. 239
My View on the Imperial Householdp. 246
Recollections of My Days as a Diplomatp. 257
Recollections of Friendsp. 272
Glossaryp. 294
Indexp. 298
About the Editorp. 313
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