Hirohide Ishida

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Hirohide Ishida
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Minister of Labour
In office
14 December 1976 – 28 November 1977
Prime MinisterTakeo Fukuda
Preceded bySachio Urano
Succeeded byKatushi Fujii
Minister of Transport
In office
15 September 1976 – 14 December 1976
Prime MinisterTakeo Miki
Preceded byMutsuo Kimura
Succeeded byHajime Tamura
Minister of Labour
In office
9 November 1964 – 3 June 1965
Prime MinisterEisaku Satō
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byHisao Kodaira
In office
18 July 1964 – 9 November 1964
Prime MinisterHayato Ikeda
Preceded byTakeo Ohashi
Succeeded byHimself
In office
19 July 1960 – 18 July 1961
Prime MinisterHayato Ikeda
Preceded byRaizo Matsuno
Succeeded byKenji Fukunaga
In office
10 July 1957 – 12 June 1958
Prime MinisterNobusuke Kishi
Preceded byShūtarō Matsuura
Succeeded byTadao Kuraishi
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
25 February 1957 – 10 July 1957
Prime MinisterNobusuke Kishi
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byKiichi Aichi
In office
23 December 1956 – 25 February 1957
Prime MinisterTanzan Ishibashi
Preceded byRyūtaro Nemoto
Succeeded byHimself
Personal details
Born12 December 1914
Futatsui, Akita, Japan
Died14 October 1993(1993-10-14) (aged 78)
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materWaseda University

Hirohide Ishida (石田 博英, Ishida Hirohide, 12 December 1914 – 14 October 1993) was a Japanese politician.

Early life[edit]

Born in Noshiro, Akita, Ishida entered Waseda University, where he majored in political science and economics. After graduating in 1939, he joined Chugai Shogyo Shimpo (later renamed Nihon Keizai Shimbun) and was appointed as its chief correspondent in Shanghai.

Political career[edit]

In 1947, Ishida was elected to the House of Representatives. He joined the Liberal Democratic Party in 1955, serving as Chief Cabinet Secretary under two prime ministers, Tanzan Ishibashi and Nobusuke Kishi, from 23 December 1956 to 10 July 1957. He was also appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of Transport. While he was Minister of Labour, he turned down the industry's request that unskilled labourers be allowed to immigrate and work at low pay.[1]

In January 1963, Ishida published an article in Chūōkōron predicting that the Liberal Democratic Party would lose power to the Japan Socialist Party someday as the number of farmers, who were generally seen as fundamental supporters of the LDP, continued to decrease.[2] His article stimulated the LDP to change its policy to expand its popular support among urban workers.[2]

Ishida formed and chaired the Japan-USSR Friendship Parliamentarians' Union in 1973, visiting Moscow in 1973, 1974 and 1977. Stanislav Levchenko, a KGB Major who defected to the United States in 1979, revealed that Ishida was an agent for the Soviet Union.[3][4]

Ishida left politics in November 1983.

Ishida Rose Garden[edit]

Roses in bloom at Ishida Rose Garden

An amateur rosarian, Ishida planted the yard of his house with various kind of roses. Two years after his death, his rose garden was donated to the City of Odate and named Ishida Rose Garden (石田ローズガーデン, Ishida Rōzu Gāden).[5] It is since opened to the public every June.[6]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  • 愛すべき国際級政治家「石田博英」 (in Japanese). Odate City Office. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  1. ^ 第166回国会 経済産業委員会 第13号 (in Japanese). The House of Representatives. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b Kume, Ikuo (1998). Disparaged Success. Cornell University Press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 978-0-8014-8494-0.
  3. ^ Godson, Roy (2000). Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards. Transaction Publishers. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-7658-0699-4.
  4. ^ Nakanishi, Terumasa (April 2006). Ōshima, Shinzō (ed.). 中国の対日工作を予言していた米国「防諜官」の驚愕証言に学べ. Seiron (in Japanese). Fujisankei Communications Group.
  5. ^ バラが見ごろ、大館市の石田ローズガーデン 貴重な種類も (in Japanese). Akita Sakigake Shimpo. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  6. ^ "地域からの便り". 東北農政局メ―ルマガジン (in Japanese). Sendai: Tohoku Regional Agricultural Administration Office. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ryūtarō Nemoto
Chief Cabinet Secretary
1956–1957
Succeeded by
Kiichi Aichi
Preceded by
Shutaro Matsuura
Minister of Labour
1957–1958
Succeeded by
Tadao Kuraishi
Preceded by
Raizo Matsuno
Minister of Labour
1960–1961
Succeeded by
Kenji Fukunaga
Preceded by
Takeo Ohashi
Minister of Labour
1964–1965
Succeeded by
Hisao Kodaira
Preceded by
Mutsuo Kimura
Minister of Transport
1976
Succeeded by
Hajime Tamura
Preceded by
Sachio Urano
Minister of Labour
1976–1977
Succeeded by
Katsushi Fujii