This book is a biography of Eisaku Satō (1901-75), who served as prime minister of Japan from 1964 to 1972, before Prime Minister Abe the longest uninterrupted premiership in Japanese history. The book focuses on Satō’s management of Japan’s relations with the United States and Japan’s neighbours in East Asia, where Satō worked to normalize relations with South Korea and China. It also covers domestic Japanese politics, particularly factional politics within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), where Satō, as the founder of what would become the largest LDP faction, was at the centre of LDP politics for decades. The book highlights Satō’s greatest achievement – the return of Okinawa from United States occupation - for which, together with the establishment of the non-nuclear principles, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the only Japanese to receive the Prize.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction – A Brilliant Clan: Matsuoka Yōsuke and the Three Satō Brothers Ichirō, Nobusuke, and Eisaku Chapter 1 – From Being the "Slowpoke" of the Ministry of Railways to "Triple-Jump Eisaku" Chapter 2 – “An Honor Student of the Yoshida School”: Satō’s Turn to Politics Chapter 3 – "The Politics of Waiting": From Finance Minister in the Kishi Cabinet to MITI Minister under Ikeda Chapter 4 – "Social Development" and "Independent Diplomacy": The First Satō Government Chapter 5 – The Reversion of Okinawa and the "Secret Agreement": The Second Satō Government Chapter 6 – 2,797 Days: The Third Satō Government, Longest and Undefeatable Conclusion – The Nobel Peace Prize: The Glory of Satō’s Final Years and his Sudden Death Afterword Notes
Ryuji Hattori is Professor in the Faculty of Policy Studies at Chuo University, Japan
Graham B. Leonard is an independent translator and researcher based in Seattle, Washington, USA