The most complete autobiography of Yoshida Shigeru (1878-1967) available in English, this expanded translation of his memoirs traces the remarkable life and times of one of Japan's most powerful figures. A career diplomat who shaped Japan's China policy and worked with Europe's most influential leaders in the first half of the century, Yoshida returned to politics to rebuild Japan as a five-time prime minister after the devastation of World War II. Sandwiched between Japan's interests and major reforms advanced by MacArthur's occupation forces, Yoshida boldly pushed through the essential reforms that laid the foundation for his country's reentry into the global community. Richly laced with historical and personal detail, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century Japan.
Hiroshi Nara is professor and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.
Part I: The Yoshida Memoirs: The Story of Japan in Crisis Chapter 1: The Unfolding Tragedy Chapter 2: The Crisis Breaks Chapter 3: Aftermath of Defeat Chapter 4: Blueprint for an Occupation Chapter 5: General MacArthur and His Aides Chapter 6: My Political Apprenticeship Chapter 7: The "Yoshida Era" Begins Chapter 8: My First Cabinet Chapter 9: In Opposition-and an Election Victory Chapter 10: The Last Three Yoshida Cabinets Chapter 11: The West Revisited Chapter 12: Old Friends in Britain and the United States Chapter 13: The Post-War Constitution Chapter 14: Critics of the New Constitution Chapter 15: The Purges Chapter 16: Educational Reform Chapter 17: Police Reform Chapter 18: The Self-Defense Force Chapter 19: Agricultural Reform Chapter 20: The Post-War Food Crisis Chapter 21: Labor Reforms and After Chapter 22: My Views on Japan's Labor Movement Chapter 23: The Communists as a Destructive Force Chapter 24: The San Francisco Peace Treaty Chapter 25: Preparatory Negotiations for Peace Chapter 26: The San Francisco Peace Conference Chapter 27: The Territorial Question Chapter 28: The U.S.-Japan Security Treaty Chapter 29: The Administrative Agreement Chapter 30: Postscript Part II: New Translation Chapter 31: Korean War, Peace, and Independence Chapter 32: My View on the Imperial Household Chapter 33: Recollections of My Days as a Diplomat Chapter 34: Recollections of Friends