The Failure of Brilliance: Kishi Nobusuke
After a two-months’ impasse, the party politician par excellence Hatoyama Ichirō was replaced as prime minister by a former élite bureaucrat, Kishi Nobusuke. He had been a member of the Japanese government during the war and had spent three-and-a-half years in the Sugamo prison after the war as a suspected war criminal but was never charged. In 1952 he was depurged and elected to the parliament the following year. Expelled from Yoshida’s Liberal Party in 1954 due to his anti-Yoshida intrigues, Kishi aligned himself with Hatoyama and became one of the main architects of the conservative merger and creation of the Liberal Democratic Party in 1955. When Kishi ran for party presidency the following year he lost to Ishibashi Tanzan but was appointed foreign minister in Ishibashi’s government and became prime minister when Ishibashi had to retire due to ill health.1
KeywordsPrime Minister Foreign Policy Liberal Democratic Party Southeast Asian Country Foreign Minister
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