Ichirō Hatoyama

Ichirō Hatoyama (鳩山 一郎, Hatoyama Ichirō, 1 January 1883 – 7 March 1959) was a Japanese politician who was Prime Minister of Japan from 1954 to 1956.[1][2][3][4]

Ichirō Hatoyama
鳩山 一郎
Prime Minister of Japan
In office
10 December 1954  23 December 1956
Preceded byShigeru Yoshida
Succeeded byTanzan Ishibashi
Personal details
Born(1883-01-01)1 January 1883
Tokyo City, Japan
Died7 March 1959(1959-03-07) (aged 76)
Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party (1955–1959)
Other political
Rikken Seiyūkai (1915–1940)
Japan Liberal Party (1945–1948)
Democratic Liberal Party (1948–1950)
Liberal Party (1950–1953)
Liberal Party–Hatoyama (1953)
Liberal Party (1953)
Japan Democratic Party (1954–1955)

Personal life

Ichirō Hatoyama was, as his name indicates, the first born boy. He was born into a wealthy cosmopolitan family in Tokyo. His father Kazuo Hatoyama (1856–1911) was a Yale graduate (and Speaker of the House of Representatives) and his mother Haruko Hatoyama (1863–1938) was a famous author and the founder of Kyoritsu Women's University.[5] His brother Hideo Hatoyama was a noted jurist.

Ichirō was a Master Mason and a Protestant Christian (Baptist). He was Japan's third postwar Christian Prime Minister.[6]

Iichirō Hatoyama, Ichirō's only son, made a career for himself as a civil servant in the Budget Bureau of the Finance Ministry. Iichirō retired after having achieved the rank of administrative Vice Minister. In his second career in politics, he rose to become Foreign Minister of Japan in 1976–1977.[7]

One of Ichirō's grandsons, Yukio Hatoyama, became prime minister in 2009 as a member of the Democratic Party of Japan.

Ichirō Hatoyama died in his Hatoyama Hall house, in Tokyo's Bunkyō district, on March 7, 1959. He was buried in the Yanaka Cemetery, in nearly Taitō district.

Political career

Ichirō was elected to the House of Representatives as a Rikken Seiyūkai member in 1915. He was about to become prime minister in 1946, but was barred from politics for five years by Supreme Commander Allied Powers because they thought he had co-operated with the authoritarian government in the 1930s and 1940s.[8] He was allowed to return in 1951. As prime minister in 1955, he rebuilt diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union,[9][10] and favored parole for some of the Class A war criminals who had been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Tokyo Trial.[11]

CIA files that were declassified in 2005 and then publicized in January 2007 by the U.S. National Archives detail a plot by ultranationalists to assassinate prime minister Shigeru Yoshida and install a more hawkish government led by Ichirō Hatoyama in 1952.[12] The plot was never carried out.

Hatoyama family and freemasonry

Ichirō and some members of Hatoyama family are known as advocates of fraternity. During the purge against Ichirō (1946–1951), he received an English book The Totalitarian State against Man originally written in German by an Austrian freemason Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi from a professor of Waseda University Kesazō Ichimura (1898–1950) who wanted Ichirō to translate the English book into Japanese.[13] The English book struck a sympathetic chord in Ichirō, and he began to advocate fraternity, also known as yūai (友愛) in Japanese.[14][15]

On March 29, 1951, he was initiated as 1st degree of freemason,[16] and on March 26, 1955, passed as 2nd degree mason, and raised as 3rd degree mason.[17][18]

His grandsons are advocates of fraternity. However, when a Japanese press asked Yukio Hatoyama's office and the masonic grand lodge of Japan whether Yukio Hatoyama was a freemason, his office denied it and the grand lodge of Japan didn't answer it.[19] At least, on his grandson Kunio Hatoyama, the brother of Yukio, on a Japanese TV program Takajin no Money on August 25, 2012,[20] his partner Emily's Australian father was a member of freemasonry. He said so, and said he had swum in a masonic pool with her at Tokyo when he had started to going steady with her. Although he didn't say he himself was a mason or not, he insisted that he had not been invited to freemasonry, and he guessed his brother Yukio as a freemason.

Yukio and Kunio became the officers of a fraternal organization named Yūai Kyōkai (or Yūai Association[21]) with their sister Kazuko,[22] founded by their grandfather Ichirō who became the first president of the former organization in 1953. And also Ichirō's son Iichirō became the third president of the same former organization.[23]

The granddaughter and two grandsons of Ichiro's founded a fraternal school Hatoyama Yuai-Jyuku at Hatoyama Hall (Hatoyama kaikan) on April 2008.[24]


From the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum (1959; posthumous)

See also


  1. Trumbull, Robert. "Japan's Rightists will Unite Today; Democrats and Liberals Will Merge – Present Premier Will Be Re-elected Nov. 22", The New York Times. 15 November 1955.
  2. "Ishibashi Is Chosen Japanese Premier", The New York Times. 20 December 1956
  3. Jorden, William J. "Hatoyama Named Premier of Japan; Brief Rule Seen; Democrats' Leader Is Chosen After Pledge to Socialists of Elections in Spring", The New York Times. 10 December 1954; "Hatoyama Reaches Lifelong Goal That Twice Before Eluded Him; Premiership Denied Him First by Japan's Pre-War Militarists and Then by Allied Occupation Authorities", The New York Times. 10 December 1954.
  4. Trumbull, Robert. "Hatoyama Regime Victor as Japan Elects New House; Democratic Party Premier Due to Keep His Post – Poll Sets a Record; Hatoyama Leads in Japanese Vote", The New York Times. 28 February 1955.
  5. "Hatoyama Ichiro (prime minister of Japan)". Britannica. 7 March 1959. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  6. "Land of the Reluctant Sparrows". TIME. 14 March 1955. Retrieved 29 August 2009.; "Tokyo Storm Center; Ichiro Hatoyama Likes Hymn-Singing", The New York Times. 18 October 1956.
  7. "Iichiro Hatoyama; Ex-Foreign Minister, 75" (obituary), The New York Times. 20 December 1993.
  8. Crane, Burton. "Hatoyama Barred by MacArthur Order; Directive Forbidding Him to Take Diet Seat Rules Him Out as Japan's Premier", The New York Times. 4 May 1946; Crane, Burton. "Hatoyama Voices Surprise at Order; Challenges Ground Upon Which He Is Barred From Holding Office in Japan", The New York Times. 5 May 1946.
  9. Jorden, William J. "Hatoyama Takes Plea to Bulganin; Return of Some Isles Urged at Moscow Peace Parley --Treaty Reported Near Goodwill Aspect Stressed", The New York Times. 18 October 1956.
  10. Odaka, Konosuke (2002). "The Evolution of Social Policy in Japan" (PDF). World Bank. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  11. Trumbull, Robert. "Japan Urges U.S. Free War Guilty; Continued Appeals Are Based Largely on Dire Straits of Prisoners' Families", The New York Times. 21 June 1955.
  12. "CIA Papers Reveal Japan Coup Plot". Military. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  13. "第471号" (PDF). Newsletter "友愛". Yuai Association. 10 September 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 今朝蔵は、「この本の翻訳は鳩山一郎さんにして貰おう。 (中略) 鳩山さんは往年の優等生だから、この位の翻訳軽く出来るよ。歴代の総理大臣でこれだけの本を出版した人なんて誰もいない。その日の為にもこの翻訳をしておいて貰いたいんだ」などと一寸おしゃべりして雲場ヶ池の鳩山家の別荘に自転車で出かけて行ったそうである。
  14. Hatoyama, Ichirō (1957). 鳩山一郎回顧録. Tokyo: Bungeishunjū.
  15. "2006年8月 鳩山一郎・薫ご夫妻銅遷座式". Yuai Association. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2013. クーデンホフカレルギーの著書に共鳴自ら「自由と人生」と題して訳出した
  16. Akama, Gō (1983). フリーメーソンの秘密 世界最大の結社の真実. Tokyo: San-ichi Publishing. p. 79.
  17. Tim Wangelin. "Freemasonry and Modern Japanese History". Freemasonry in Japan. Far East Lodge No. 1. Retrieved 2 May 2013. On March 26, 1955, Ichiro Hatoyama and Yahachi Kawai, both Entered Apprentices (First Degree Masons), were made Fellowcrafts (Second Degeree Masons), and raised to Master Masons.
  18. "New Master Mason". Toledo Blade. 26 March 1955. Retrieved 2 May 2013. TOKYO, March 26 (AP)Prime Minister Ichiro Hatoyama became a master mason today.
  19. Weeklypost (14 February 2012). "鳩山氏改名とフリーメイソンの関係噂は「事実無根」と事務所". Livedoor news. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  20. "たかじんNOマネー". 関西版TVトピック検索. tvtopic.goo.ne.jp. 25 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  21. "Yuai Association". Yuai Association. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  22. "役員". Yuai Association. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  23. "3代目会長 鳩山 威一郎". Yuai Association. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  24. hatoyama-yuai-jyuku.com

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Shigeru Yoshida
Prime Minister of Japan
Succeeded by
Tanzan Ishibashi
Preceded by
Ryūzō Tanaka
Minister of Education
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Makoto Saitō
Preceded by
Seiji Tsukamoto
Chief Cabinet Secretary
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Fujiya Suzuki
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Bukichi Miki
Bamboku Ōno
President of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
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Succeeded by
New political party President of the Japan Democratic Party
"conservative merger" with Liberal Party
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1945–1946 (purged)
Succeeded by
Shigeru Yoshida
Preceded by
Kisaburō Suzuki
Acting President of Rikken Seiyūkai
Served alongside: Yonezō Maeda, Toshio Shimada, Chikuhei Nakajima
Succeeded by
Fusanosuke Kuhara
Chikuhei Nakajima
House of Representatives of Japan
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Sanzō Nosaka
Representative for Tokyo's 1st district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Inejirō Asanuma, several others
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Seiichirō Yasui
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