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Shigeru Yoshida - As Prime Minister

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Japanese statesman and prime minister (1946–7, 1948–54), born in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at Tokyo Imperial University, entered diplomacy in 1906, and after service in several capitals was vice-minister for foreign affairs. He was ambassador to Italy (1930–2) and ambassador in London (1936–8). During World War 2 he tried to persuade the Japanese to surrender early in 1945. He became foreign minister (Oct 1945), and formed the government which inaugurated the new constitution in 1946. He was re-elected in 1950 and resigned in 1954, retiring from politics soon after.

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