Shiina Etsusaburō was the first of the Japanese Ministry of Commerce and Industry Officials to join Manchukuo's industrial administration.
Shiina held successively several positions including director of General Affairs Bureau and Control Department and chief of Mining Section of Industrial Department of Manchukuo, director of the 5th Department of Emergency Materials Adjustment Bureau, chief of General Affairs Section of Commerce and Industry Ministry, director of General Affairs Bureau of the same ministry; counselor of Planning Board, Labor Bureau, Electric Board and Tohoku (north-eastern Japan) Bureau of the cabinet, Vice-Minister of Commerce and Industry. Thereafter he retired from government service. Shiina toured Europe and America.
Since 1947 Shiima's been the president of Tohoku Wool Manufacturing Company, Ltd., and director of Toho Bussan (Products) Company.
He was buried in the Shunjuen Cemetery in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Quotations: He issued the apology "In our two countries' long history, there have been unfortunate times... it is truly regretable and we are deeply remorseful" during the signing of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea on 22 June 1965.