- Hayato Ikeda
Infobox Prime Minister | name = Hayato Ikeda
| nationality = Japanese
caption = Hayato Ikeda (1956)
imagesize = 160px
order = 58th, 59th and 60th
Prime Minister of Japan
July 19 1960
November 9 1964
birth_date = birth date|1899|12|3|mf=y
Takehara, Hiroshima, Japan
death_date =death date and age|1965|8|13|1899|12|3
party = Liberal Democratic Party
languagesspoken = Japanese, English
Hayato Ikeda (池田 勇人 "Ikeda Hayato";
December 3, 1899– August 13, 1965) born in Takehara, Hiroshima, was a Japanese politician and the 58th, 59th and 60th Prime Minister of Japanfrom July 19, 1960to December 8, 1960, to December 9, 1963, and to November 9, 1964respectively.
As Prime Minister, he advocated the "income-doubling plan" and "politics of patience and reconciliation," respectively emphasizing economic development of Japan while minimizing societal conflict. His was noted for resolution of several major labor disputes, including a long-running strike at
Miike Mineof MitsuiMining Company (the resolution of this strike was in fact the first act of the Ikeda cabinet.) Takafusa Nakamura, a leading economic historian, described Ikeda as "the single most important figure in Japan's rapid growth. He should long be remembered as the man who pulled together a national consensus for economic growth." His plan predicted a 7.2 percent growth rate (thereby doubling GNPover ten years), but by the second half of the 1960s, average growth had climbed to an astounding 11.6 percent. In 1960, French president Charles De Gaulle famously referred to Ikeda as "that transistor salesman".
Eisaku Sato, Ikeda was an understudy of Yoshida Shigeruearlier in life, and was called an "honor student" for his commitment to the ideas presented in the Yoshida Doctrine, although he was a strong personality himself. His 1952 resignation as Minister of International Trade and Industry was the result of a blunt remark in the Diet that "it makes no difference to me if five or ten small businessmen are forced to commit suicide," after Ikeda's policies favoring heavy industry were imposed.
Japanese post-war economic miracle
*jp icon [http://www.teradaminoru.com Minoru Terada HP.(Husband of Ikeda's granddaughter. House of Representatives member.)] .
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