Tanzan Ishibashi

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Ishibashi, Tanzan

 

Born Sept. 25, 1884, in Tokyo. Japanese politician, state figure, and economist.

Ishibashi worked for a company that published economic literature. In 1934 he became editor of Oriental Economist, an English-language journal. From December 1954 through December 1956 he was minister of international trade and industry and from December 1956 through February 1957, president of the Liberal-Democratic Party and prime minister. Ishibashi advocated broadening economic ties with the USSR and other socialist countries. He was president of the Japan-USSR Friendship Society in 1959–60.

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The third and final section, with four essays, looks at the early Showa generations, from the 1920s through Royama Masamichi, Ishibashi Tanzan, Shakai Taishuto and, finally the writings of Yokomitsu Riichi in which one sees the transformations in Japanese literature from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Ishibashi Tanzan, Finance Minister in the first government of Yoshida Shigeru (May 22, 1946-May 24, 1947), was also a vociferous supporter of the indemnity payments.
8) The Jimmu boom of 1955-57, "the greatest prosperity since the Emperor Jimmu," the first, was being touted by the short-term Prime Minister Ishibashi Tanzan (1956-57), but there were few visible signs.