Nobusuke Kishi (? ??, Kishi Nobusuke, 13 November 1896 – 7 August 1987) was a Japanese politician who was Prime Minister of Japan from 1957 to 1960.
He is the maternal grandfather of Shinzo Abe, twice prime minister in 2006–2007 and 2012–present.
Known for his brutal rule of the Japanese puppet state Manchukuo in Northeast China, Kishi was called Showa no yokai (?????; "Devil of Showa").
After World War II, Kishi was imprisoned for three years as a Class A war crime suspect.
However, the U.S.
government released him as they considered Kishi to be the best man to lead a post-war Japan in a pro-American direction.
He went on to consolidate the Japanese conservative camp against perceived threats from the Japan Socialist Party in the 1950s, and is credited with being a key player in the initiation of the "1955 System", the extended period during which the Liberal Democratic Party was the overwhelmingly dominant political party in Japan.