Overgrown Yoshida


January 23, 2022

Shigeru Yoshida (Japanese: Yoshida Shigeru, September 22, 1878 - October 20, 1967) was a Japanese diplomat and politician. Yoshida served as Prime Minister of Japan from 1946 to 1947 and from 1948 to 1954. He also served as Foreign Minister from 1945 to 1947 and from 1948 to 1952. He was known as an opponent of the re-armament of Japan to the extent that the far right was considering ousting him. Especially during his last term as prime minister, he was also opposed to communism and trade unions.


Yoshida began her career at the State Department. He briefly served as the country's Deputy Foreign Minister in the late 1920s and then as Ambassador to Rome and London, among others (1936-1938). During World War II, he was known as a liberal defender of peace, which made him suspect in his war-torn homeland. At the end of the war in 1945, he was detained after a ground intelligence eater at work at his home heard that he had sought peace with the United States. He gained the popularity of Allied Pacific Commander-in-Chief General MacArthur, thus promoting reconciliation between the warring parties without losing the trust of the Japanese. After returning to power in October 1948, Yoshida’s line was more conservative, and with the onset of the Cold War, anti-communism and anti-labor movement began to spread in Japan. Yoshida also began removing Communists from government agencies. Japan's first post-World War II military organization, a national police reserve of about 70,000 men, was established by order of Yoshida in 1950 after the Korean War began. Yoshida had initially opposed Japan’s re-arming because it saw it as detrimental to the country’s still-recovering economy. The National Police Reserve later became Japan's self-defense force. as an advisor.

Assassination Project 1952

Yoshida's view was that Japan had waived its right to defend itself under Article 9 of its constitution. This provoked irritation on the right of Japan, including Ichirō Hatoyama and Hitoshi Ashida, that Japan should have an independent defense institution in order to reduce U.S. influence in Japan and allow Japan to play an role in the international community. Yoshida also disagreed with former Army Lieutenant General Eiichi Tatsumi and former Colonel Takushiro Hattori. In July 1952, he began to organize with other former officers with whom he planned Yoshida's assassination and coup attempt - Hatoyama, with whom Hattori was on good terms, could have been arranged as prime minister after Yoshida's death. However, Hattor's friend Colonel Masanobu Tsuji persuaded him to abandon the plan.


Because of his experience, good health, and explosive temperament, Yoshida was revered as prime minister. In the West, he was equated with the first Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer. Send

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