Jirō Shirasu (left) with Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida on the way to the Treaty of San Francisco
He studied at Clare College, Cambridge.
During the Occupation he was a member of Shigeru Yoshida's government. He is particularly remembered in Japan for an incident in Christmas 1945 where he delivered a present from Hirohito, Emperor of Japan to General Douglas MacArthur. When MacArthur told him to place it on the floor, he demanded a table to show respect.
When Yoshida became Prime Minister after the war, Shirasu became one of the close associates of Yoshida. He toured the United States together with Finance Minister Hayato Ikeda (1950). Was director general of the Trade Board. Was appointed president of the Tohoku Electric Power Company when the Japan Electric Power Generation and Transmission Company were split into nine regional units (1952).
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He was married on Masako Shirasu. His wife Masako Shirasu was a collector and expert of fine Japanese art, on which she published a number of books. Their house Buaisō became a museum.