Iwasaki Yanosuke

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Iwasaki Yanosuke
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4th Governor of the Bank of Japan
In office
November 11, 1896 – October 20, 1898
Prime MinisterMatsukata Masayoshi
Itō Hirobumi
Ōkuma Shigenobu
Preceded byKawada Koichiro
Succeeded byYamamoto Tatsuo

Iwasaki Yanosuke (岩崎 彌之助, February 8, 1851 – March 25, 1908) was a Japanese businessman, central banker and the 4th Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ). He was created a Baron in 1900; and he was a member of Japan's House of Peers.[1]

Early life[edit]

Iwasaki was born in Kōchi Prefecture.[2] He was the brother of Iwasaki Yatarō, the founder of Mitsubishi.[3]

He was educated at the Tokyo Imperial University and at the University of Pennsylvania in Phlladelphia.[1]


In 1885, Iwasaki became the second president of Mitsubishi.[4]

Iwasaki was Governor of the Bank of Japan from November 11, 1896—October 20, 1898.[5]

In 1890, he was responsible for Mitsubishi's purchase of the land in most of the central business district in Tokyo when it was still covered with grass and bamboo.[6]


Iwasaki's son Koyata would become Mitsubishi's 4th president;[7] and his second son Toshiya would found his own company, Asahi Glass.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Baron Yanosuke Iwasaki," New York Times. March 26, 1908; retrieved 2011-08-30
  2. ^ Bank of Japan (BOJ), 4th Governor
  3. ^ Mistubishi, Yanosuke Iwasaki
  4. ^ Weston, Mark. (1999). Giants of Japan : the Lives of Japan's Greatest Men and Women, p. 17., p. 17, at Google Books
  5. ^ BOJ, List of Governors.
  6. ^ Sanger, David E. "Daimler-Benz and Mitsubishi Negotiating Cooperative Plan," New York Times, March 7, 1990; retrieved 2011-08-30
  7. ^ Mistubishi, Koyata Iwasaki
  8. ^ Mistubishi, Toshiya Iwasaki


  • Weston, Mark. (1999). Giants of Japan: the Lives of Japan's Greatest Men and Women. New York : Kodansha International. ISBN 9781568362861; OCLC 246601936
Government offices
Preceded by
Kawada Koichiro
Governor of the Bank of Japan
Succeeded by
Tatsuo Yamamoto