Jirō Kawasaki

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Jirō Kawasaki
川崎 二郎
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Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare
In office
31 October 2005 – 26 September 2006
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byHidehisa Otsuji
Succeeded byHakuo Yanagisawa
Director General of the Okinawa Development Agency
In office
14 January 1999 – 5 October 1999
Prime MinisterKeizō Obuchi
Preceded byKichio Inoue
Succeeded byToshihiro Nikai
Minister of Transport
In office
30 July 1998 – 5 October 1999
Prime MinisterKeizō Obuchi
Preceded byTakao Fujii
Succeeded byToshihiro Nikai
Personal details
Born (1947-11-15) November 15, 1947 (age 71)
Iga, Mie, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materKeio University
Third Realigned Koizumi Cabinet
(2005-10-31)
Secretary Shinzō Abe
Internal Affairs Heizō Takenaka
Justice Seiken Sugiura
Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
Finance Sadakazu Tanigaki
Education Kenji Kosaka
Health Jirō Kawasaki
Agriculture Shoichi Nakagawa
Economy Toshihiro Nikai
Land Kazuo Kitagawa
Environment Yuriko Koike
Defense Fukushiro Nukaga
Ministers of State Tetsuo Kutsukake, Kaoru Yosano, Koki Chuma, Iwao Matsuda, Kuniko Inoguchi

Jirō Kawasaki (川崎 二郎, Kawasaki Jirō, born November 15, 1947) is a Japanese politician who served as Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare under Prime Minister Junichirō Koizumi.

Kawasaki was born in Iga, Mie, his father and grandfather were both politicians.

He attended Keio University and graduated with a degree in Commerce. After several years working at Matsushita, Kawasaki won a seat in the House of Representatives, representing Mie Prefecture in 1980.

Kawasaki is a long-time rival of Hiroshi Nakai of the Democratic Party of Japan, and the two have repeatedly challenged each other for seats representing Mie in the Diet.

He served as Minister of Transportation under Keizō Obuchi, and later as Director of the Hokkaido Development Agency. On October 31, 2005, Junichirō Koizumi chose Kawasaki to head the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Quotes[edit]

"We must regret having given him (Horie) too much credit." Asahi Shimbun January 25, 2006

“I do not think that Japan should ever become a multi-ethnic society.” The New York Times, April 22, 2009.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hidehisa Otsuji
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Hakuo Yanagisawa
Preceded by
Kichio Inoue
Director General of the Hokkaido Development Agency
1999
Succeeded by
Toshihiro Nikai
Preceded by
Takao Fujii
Minister of Transport
1998–1999