|Native name||白洲 次郎|
17 February 1902|
Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
|Died||28 November 1985(aged 83)|
Jirō Shirasu (白洲 次郎 Shirasu Jirō?, 17 February 1902 – 28 November 1985) was a Japanese bureaucrat, businessman, and opinion leader. 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 Emperor Hirohito to General Douglas MacArthur. When MacArthur told him to place it on the floor, he demanded a table to show respect. In 2009 he was the subject of an NHK drama.
- Corkill, Edan (6 March 2009). "Redefining defiance for a modern Japan - The Japan Times". The Japan Times.