was a Japanese politician who served in the cabinets of multiple conservative administrations. In the 1980s, it was revealed that the KGB considered him to be an agent of the Soviet Union.
Born in Noshiro, Akita, Ishida entered Waseda University, where he majored in political science and economics. After graduating in 1939, he joined Chugai Shōgyō Shimpo (later renamed Nihon Keizai Shimbun) and was appointed as its chief correspondent in Shanghai.
In 1947, Ishida was elected to the House of Representatives. He joined the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in 1955, serving as Chief Cabinet Secretary under two prime ministers, Tanzan Ishibashi and Nobusuke Kishi, from 23 December 1956 to 10 July 1957. Widely viewed as a friend and proponent of labor unions (an unusual stance in the pro-business LDP), he was also appointed to five terms as minister of labor under four different prime ministers, in addition to one term as mi