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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.