Saionji Kimmochi

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Saionji Kimmochi

 

Born Oct. 23, 1849, in Kyoto; died Nov. 24, 1940, in Okitsu. Japanese political figure.

A member of the court nobility by birth, Saionji participated in the incomplete bourgeois revolution of 1867–68. He was a councillor in the postrevolutionary government. From 1885 to 1888 he was envoy to Austria-Hungary, and from 1888 to 1891, envoy to Germany. From 1900 to 1903 he was head of the Privy Council. He was a leader of the Seiyukai. Saionji was prime minister from 1901 to 1902, from 1906 to 1908, and from 1911 to 1912. From 1912 he was a genro. He led Japan’s delegation to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919–20. As genro, Saionji played an important role in the formation of many of Japan’s governments.

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In particular, Saionji Kinmochi greatly contributed to the development of the Gyosei Gakko.
Ito Hirobumi, Saionji Kinmochi, Okuma Shigenobu, Shibusawa Eiichi, Itagaki Taisuke and other business and political leaders were impressed.
One of the hired diviners envisions Saionji Kinmochi (1848-1940) performing his duty as the prime minister to assist the Emperor Meiji in appointing a new prime minister.
To name just a few of the more prominent: Saionji Kinmochi (Prime Minister 1906-1908, 1911-1912) was brother of the head of the Sumitomo zaibatsu; Hara Kei (Prime Minister 1918-1921) had worked for the Furukawa zaibatsu, but also had ties with Mitsui; Kato Takaaka (Prime Minister 1922-23, 1924-26) was a Mitsubishi employee who had married the founder's daughter.