Yatarō Mishima

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Yatarō Mishima

Yatarō Mishima (三島 彌太郎, Mishima Yatarō, May 4, 1867 – March 7, 1919) was a Japanese businessman, central banker and the 8th Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ). Viscount Mishima was a member of Japan's House of Peers.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mishima was born in Kagoshima Prefecture.[2]

In 1894–1900 he studied at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he earned a M.A. degree.[1]


During 1911–1913, Mishima was head of the Yokohama Specie Bank.[3]

Mishima was Governor of the Bank of Japan in February 28, 1913 – March 7, 1919.[4] As head of the bank, Mishima encouraged policies of monetary restraint.[5]

His sudden death in 1919 was unexpected.[6]

See also[edit]



  • Metzler, Mark. (2006). Lever of Empire: the International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520244207; OCLC 469841628
  • Masaoka, Naoichi. (1914). Japan to America: A Symposium of Papers by Political Leaders and Representative Citizens of Japan on Conditions in Japan and on the Relations Between Japan and the United States. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Japan Society). OCLC 256220
  • Smitka, Michael. (1998). The Interwar Economy of Japan: Colonialism, Depression, and Recovery, 1910-1940. New York: Garland. ISBN 9780815327066; OCLC 38270649
Government offices
Preceded by
Korekiyo Takahashi
Governor of the Bank of Japan
Succeeded by
Junnosuke Inoue
(1st term)