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Eleanor Martha Hadley (July 17, 1916 – June 1, 2007) was an economist, author, and scholar. She was born in Seattle, Washington in 1916. In 1934, she graduated from high school and attended Mills College for her undergraduate degree. Hadley received a fellowship to attend the Tokyo Imperial University and from 1936-1940 she traveled over much of Japan and China. She was working on her doctorate at Harvard University in 1943 when she was recruited to work in the State Department as a research economist. After the war, she joined the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (SCAP) where her role was to break up the financial and industrial conglomorates that control significant amounts of the Imperial economy. After the conclusion of the Occupation, Hadley served as a professor at both Smith College and George Washington University. She wrote many books regarding her time in Japan and it's complex economy. Eleanor Hadley passed away in 2007 at the age of 90.