Jirō Shirasu

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Jirō Shirasu
Yoshida en route to San Francisco 1951.jpg
With Shigeru Yoshida (right) on the way to the Treaty of San Francisco
Native name 白洲 次郎
Born (1902-02-17)17 February 1902
Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Died 28 November 1985(1985-11-28) (aged 83)
Spouse(s) Masako Shirasu
Children Katsurako Makiyama

Jirō Shirasu (白洲 次郎 Shirasu Jirō?, 17 February 1902 – 28 November 1985) was a Japanese bureaucrat and businessman. He was born in Ashiya in Hyogo Prefecture and studied at Clare College, Cambridge. During the Occupation he was a member of Shigeru Yoshida's government. He is particularly remembered in Japan for an incident in Christmas 1945 where he delivered a present from Hirohito, Emperor of Japan to General Douglas MacArthur. When MacArthur told him to place it on the floor, he demanded a table to show respect.[1] In 2009 he was the subject of an NHK drama.