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Hirohide Ishida

Hirohide Ishida (石田 博英 Ishida Hirohide, 12 December 1914 – 14 October 1993) was a Japanese politician.


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Ishida Rose Garden 3
  • Honours 4
  • References 5

Early life

Born in Noshiro, Akita, Ishida entered Waseda University, where he majored in political science and economics. After graduating in 1939, he joined Chugai Shogyo Shimpo (later renamed Nihon Keizai Shimbun) and was appointed as its chief correspondent in Shanghai.

Political career

In 1947, Ishida was elected to the House of Representatives. He joined the Liberal Democratic Party in 1955, serving as Chief Cabinet Secretary under two prime ministers, Tanzan Ishibashi and Nobusuke Kishi, from 23 December 1956 to 10 July 1957. He was also appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of Transport. While he was Minister of Labour, he turned down the industry's request that unskilled labourers be allowed to immigrate and work at low pay.[1]

In January 1963, Ishida published an article in Chūōkōron predicting that the Liberal Democratic Party would lose power to the Japan Socialist Party someday as the number of farmers, who were generally seen as fundamental supporters of the LDP, continued to decrease.[2] His article stimulated the LDP to change its policy to expand its popular support among urban workers.[2]

Ishida formed and chaired the Japan-USSR Friendship Parliamentarians' Union in 1973, visiting Moscow in 1973, 1974 and 1977. Stanislav Levchenko, a KGB Major who defected to the United States in 1979, revealed that Ishida was an agent for the Soviet Union.[3][4]

Ishida left politics in November 1983.

Ishida Rose Garden

Roses in bloom at Ishida Rose Garden

An amateur rosarian, Ishida planted the yard of his house with various kind of roses. Two years after his death, his rose garden was donated to the City of Odate and named Ishida Rose Garden (石田ローズガーデン Ishida Rōzu Gāden).[5] It is since opened to the public every June.[6]



  • 愛すべき国際級政治家「石田博英」 (in Japanese). Odate City Office. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  1. ^ 第166回国会 経済産業委員会 第13号 (in Japanese). The House of Representatives. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Kume, Ikuo (1998). Disparaged Success. Cornell University Press. pp. 114–115.  
  3. ^ Godson, Roy (2000). Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards. Transaction Publishers. p. 145.  
  4. ^ Nakanishi, Terumasa (April 2006). Ōshima, Shinzō, ed. 中国の対日工作を予言していた米国「防諜官」の驚愕証言に学べ. Seiron (in Japanese) (Fujisankei Communications Group). 
  5. ^ バラが見ごろ、大館市の石田ローズガーデン 貴重な種類も (in Japanese). Akita Sakigake Shimpo. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "地域からの便り". 東北農政局メ―ルマガジン (in Japanese). Sendai: Tohoku Regional Agricultural Administration Office. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
Preceded by
Ryūtarō Nemoto
Chief Cabinet Secretary
December 1956 – July 1957
Succeeded by
Kiichi Aichi
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