This book is a biography of Eisaku Sato (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 Sato's management of Japan's relations with the United States and Japan's neighbours in East Asia, where Sato 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 Sato, as the founder of what would become the largest LDP faction, was at the centre of LDP politics for decades. The book highlights Sato'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.
Foreword Introduction - A Brilliant ClanSato Brothers Ichiro, 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": Sato'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 Sato Government Chapter 5 - The Reversion of Okinawa and the "Secret Agreement": The Second Sato Government Chapter 6 - 2,797 Days: The Third Sato Government, Longest and Undefeatable Conclusion - The Nobel Peace Prize: The Glory of Sato's Final Years and his Sudden Death Afterword Notes