Episode 479 – The Dynasty, Part 2

Hatoyama Kazuo was a reluctant politician; you can’t say the same of his son Hatoyama Ichiro, groomed from childhood to take up the family business (and to rise to the height of cabinet minister, something his father never did). This week is all about Ichiro’s prewar career, which culminated in a shot at the top job–that was snapped away at the last moment.


Itoh, Mayumi. The Hatoyama Dynasty: Japanese Political Leadership Through the Generations.

Keene, Donald. Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912


Hatoyama Hall in Otowa, Tokyo.
Hatoyama Ichiro during his younger days. I believe this specific photo is from the late 1920s based on his youth, but I’m not quite sure.
The Hatoyama family in 1953. Ichiro is seated next to his wife Kaoru. Standing above is Hatoyama Iichiro. The young child is Hatoyama Yukio.
Hatoyama Kaoru in 1938, during her time as head of Kyoritsu Women’s University.

1 thought on “Episode 479 – The Dynasty, Part 2”

  1. I feel sorry for Iichiro. He wanted to be a scientist but got pushed into politics by his mom. At least he turned out to be good at it.

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