Chikara Sakaguchi

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Chikara Sakaguchi
坂口 力
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Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
In office
6 January 2001 – 27 September 2004
Prime MinisterYoshirō Mori
Junichiro Koizumi
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byHidehisa Otsuji
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
5 December 2000 – 6 January 2001
Prime MinisterYoshirō Mori
Preceded byYūji Tsushima
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Minister of Labour
In office
5 December 2000 – 6 January 2001
Prime MinisterYoshirō Mori
Preceded byYoshio Yoshikawa
Succeeded byPosition abolished
In office
9 August 1993 – 28 April 1994
Prime MinisterMorihiro Hosokawa
Preceded byMasakuni Murakami
Succeeded byKunio Hatoyama
Personal details
Born (1934-04-01) April 1, 1934 (age 85)
Hakusan, Mie, Japan

Chikara Sakaguchi (坂口 力, Sakaguchi Chikara, born April 1, 1934) is a Japanese politician.[1]

He was born in Mie Prefecture and obtained an MD from Mie University. In 1976, he ran for the House of Representatives as a member of Komeitō, and won a proportional representation seat from the Tokai bloc.

Sakaguchi was Minister of Labor in the 1993-94 coalition cabinet led by Morihiro Hosokawa. After the coalition government collapsed, he was the second-ranking officer of three other political parties, New Frontier Party (1994), Shintō Heiwa (1997), and New Komeito Party (1999).

In December 2000, he was appointed Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare in the LDP-Liberal-Komeito coalition cabinet of Yoshirō Mori, he retained this position under Junichiro Koizumi until September 2004.

Sakaguchi is currently deputy director of Komeito, and is the oldest and longest-serving Komeito member of the House of Representatives.

Political offices
Preceded by
Murakami Masakuni
Minister of Labour
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Kunio Hatoyama
Preceded by
Yūji Tsushima
Minister of Health and Welfare
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
Preceded by
Yoshio Yoshikawa
Minister of Labour
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister of Health and Welfare and Minister of Labour
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Hidehisa Otsuji

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larimer, Tim (15 October 2001). "A Whole Lot at Steak". Time. Retrieved 26 March 2011.