Former Prime Minister of Japan
Shigeru Yoshida was a prominent Japanese statesman and diplomat, born on September 22, 1878. He played a pivotal role in shaping post-World War II Japan's political landscape and international relations.
Yoshida served as Japan's Prime Minister for an extended period, from 1946 to 1954. His leadership was characterized by his efforts to rebuild the nation's economy and establish a new democratic framework.
Yoshida's negotiation skills also played a crucial role in Japan's international diplomacy, including the San Francisco Peace Treaty negotiations that restored the nation's sovereignty.
Shigeru Yoshida's legacy as a visionary leader continues to influence Japan's role on the global stage and its relationships with other nations.
I speak of the old Japan, because out of the ashes of the old Japan there has risen a new Japan.
We will not fail your expectations of us as a new nation dedicated to peace, democracy, and freedom.
History offers examples of winning in diplomacy after losing in war.
We pray that henceforth not only Japan but all mankind may know the blessings of harmony and progress.
Almost a century has passed since Japan first entered the world community by concluding a treaty of amity with the United States of America in 1854.
We are determined that our nation shall cease to be a burden on other countries but shall contribute positively to world prosperity, while observing fully the fair trade practices in international commerce.
By perfecting this legislative machinery and by participating in the various international agreements we intend to contribute to the wholesome development of world trade.
We have listened here to the delegates who have recalled the terrible human suffering, and the great material destruction of the late war in the Pacific. It is with feelings of sorrow that we recall the part played in that catastrophic human experience by the old Japan.
There is fear as to whether Japan, reduced to such a predicament, could ever manage to pay reparations to certain designated Allied Powers without shifting the burden upon the other Allied Powers.
The second is that the role of China trade in Japanese economy, important as it is, has often been exaggerated, as proven by our experience of the past 6 years.