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Masahiko Komura
Masahiko Kōmura
Masahiko Kōmura
(高村 正彦, Kōmura Masahiko, born 15 March 1942) is a Japanese politician, and the current Vice-President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2007 to 2008, and he is a member of the House of Representatives for Yamaguchi 1st district.Contents1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Bibliography3.1 Books4 ReferencesEarly life and education[edit] Kōmura was born in Ehime Prefecture
Ehime Prefecture
on 15 March 1942.[1] He graduated from Chuo University's faculty of law.[2] Career[edit]With members of the Yasuo Fukuda
Yasuo Fukuda
Cabinet in September 2007After graduation, Kōmura passed Japan's bar exam and then immediately entered politics. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in the June 1980 election, and has been re-elected in each election since then
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Minister For Foreign Affairs (Japan)
The Minister for Foreign Affairs (外務大臣, Gaimu Daijin) of Japan is the Cabinet member responsible for Japanese foreign policy and the chief executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since the end of the American occupation of Japan, the position has been one of the most powerful in the Cabinet, as Japan's economic interests have long relied on external relations
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Sone Arasuke
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Sone Arasuke
Sone Arasuke
(曾禰 荒助, February 20, 1849 – September 13, 1910) was a Japanese politician, diplomat, cabinet minister, and second Japanese Resident-General of Korea.Contents1 Biography 2 References 3 External links 4 NotesBiography[edit] Sone was born in Nagato Province
Nagato Province
in Chōshū Domain
Chōshū Domain
(present-day Yamaguchi prefecture, his adopted father was a samurai from Hagi. He fought on the imperial side in the Boshin War. After the Meiji Restoration, Sone was sent to France
France
for studies, and on his return to Japan
Japan
served in the War Ministry
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Mayumi Moriyama
Mayumi Moriyama (森山 眞弓, Moriyama Mayumi, born 7 November 1927) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).Contents1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 ReferencesEarly life and education[edit] Moriyama was born in Tokyo on 7 November 1927.[1] Her father was a businessman, who was progressive and liberal.[2] Her mother was a conservative type of a housewoman.[2] In 1947, she graduated from the department of foreign languages at Tsuda College.[1] She also received a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Tokyo in 1950.[1] Career[edit] Moriyama worked at the Ministry of Labor from 1950 to 1980.[2] She was elected to the first of her three terms in the House of Councillors in 1980 and then to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1996
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Inoue Kaoru
The Marquis
Marquis
Inoue Kaoru
Inoue Kaoru
(井上 馨, January 16, 1836 – September 1, 1915), GCMG
GCMG
was a Japanese politician and a prominent member of the Meiji oligarchy
Meiji oligarchy
during the Meiji period
Meiji period
of the Empire of Japan
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Itō Hirobumi
Prince
Prince
Itō Hirobumi
Itō Hirobumi
(伊藤 博文, October 16, 1841 – October 26, 1909, born Hayashi Risuke and also known as Hirofumi, Hakubun and briefly during his youth Itō Shunsuke) was a Japanese statesman and genrō. A London-educated samurai of the Chōshū Domain
Chōshū Domain
and an influential figure in the early Meiji Restoration
Meiji Restoration
government, he chaired the bureau which drafted the Meiji Constitution
Meiji Constitution
in the 1880s. Looking to the West for legal inspiration, Itō rejected the United States Constitution as too liberal and the Spanish Restoration as too despotic before ultimately drawing on the British and German models, especially the Prussian Constitution of 1850
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Ōkuma Shigenobu
Prince
Prince
Ōkuma Shigenobu
Ōkuma Shigenobu
(大隈 重信, March 11, 1838 – January 10, 1922) was a Japanese politician in the Empire of Japan
Empire of Japan
and the 8th (June 30, 1898 – November 8, 1898) and 17th (April 16, 1914 – October 9, 1916) Prime Minister of Japan. Ōkuma was also an early advocate of Western science and culture in Japan, and founder of Waseda University.Contents1 Early life 2 Meiji period political life 3 Taishō period political life 4 Honours4.1 Peerages 4.2 Decorations 4.3 Court order of precedence5 Notes 6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Ōkuma Shigenobu
Ōkuma Shigenobu
as a young man.Ōkuma was born Hachitarō, the first son of an artillery officer, in Saga, Hizen Province
Hizen Province
(modern day Saga Prefecture) in 1838
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Aoki Shūzō
Aoki Shūzō
Aoki Shūzō
(青木 周藏, March 3, 1844 – February 16, 1914) was a diplomat and Foreign Minister in Meiji period
Meiji period
Japan.[1]Contents1 Biography 2 Family 3 Honors 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksBiography[edit] Viscount
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Aoki was born to a samurai family as son of the Chōshū domain's physician in what is now part of Sanyō Onoda in Yamaguchi Prefecture). He studied western science and medicine (rangaku) at the domain school Meirinkan
Meirinkan
in Hagi, and in Nagasaki, He was then sent by Chōshū domain to Germany
Germany
to study western law in 1868. However, while in Germany, his studies ranged over a very wide area, from western medicine, to politics, military science, and economics
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Enomoto Takeaki
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Enomoto Takeaki
Enomoto Takeaki
(榎本 武揚, 5 October 1836 – 26 October 1908) was a Japanese samurai and admiral of the Tokugawa navy of Bakumatsu-period Japan, who remained faithful to the Tokugawa shogunate and fought against the new Meiji government until the end of the Boshin War. He later served in the Meiji government as one of the founders of the Imperial Japanese Navy.Contents1 Biography1.1 Early life 1.2 Boshin War
Boshin War
and Meiji Restoration 1.3 As a Meiji politician2 Honours 3 See also 4 Notes 5 ReferencesBiography[edit] Early life[edit] Enomoto was born as a member of a samurai family in the direct service of the Tokugawa clan
Tokugawa clan
in the Shitaya district of Edo
Edo
(modern Taitō, Tokyo)
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Mutsu Munemitsu
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Mutsu Munemitsu
Mutsu Munemitsu
(陸奥 宗光, August 20, 1844 – August 24, 1897) was a Japanese statesman and diplomat in Meiji period
Meiji period
Japan.Contents1 Early life 2 Meiji bureaucrat 3 Honors 4 Family tree 5 Notes 6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Mutsu Munemitsu
Mutsu Munemitsu
was born in Wakayama domain, Kii Province as the sixth son of Date Munehiro, a samurai retainer of the Kii Tokugawa clan
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Saionji Kinmochi
Prince
Prince
Saionji Kinmochi
Saionji Kinmochi
(西園寺 公望, December 7, 1849 – November 24, 1940) was a Japanese politician, statesman and twice Prime Minister of Japan. His title does not signify the son of an emperor, but the highest rank of Japanese hereditary nobility; he was elevated from marquis to prince in 1920. As the last surviving genrō, he was Japan's most honored statesman of the 1920s and 1930s.Contents1 Early life 2 Meiji Restoration 3 Saionji's first sojourn overseas career 4 Political career 5 Prime minister 6 Elder statesman 7 Honours7.1 Titles 7.2 Japanese decorations 7.3 Other decorations 7.4 Order of precedence8 Ancestry 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External linksEarly life[edit] Kinmochi was born in Kyoto
Kyoto
as the son of Udaijin
Udaijin
Tokudaiji Kin'ito (1821–1883), head of a kuge family of court nobility
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Nishi Tokujirō
Baron
Baron
Nishi Tokujirō
Nishi Tokujirō
(西 徳二郎, September 4, 1847 – March 13, 1912) was a statesman and diplomat in Meiji period
Meiji period
Japan. Biography[edit] Nishi was from a samurai family of the Satsuma Domain
Satsuma Domain
(present-day Kagoshima
Kagoshima
Prefecture). After the Meiji Restoration, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the new Meiji government, and was sent as a student to study the Russian language
Russian language
in St Petersburg, Russia
Russia
in 1870. From 1870-1873, he traveled extensively through Central Asia, visiting Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Ürümqi
Ürümqi
and other areas of Xinjiang
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Katō Takaaki
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Katō Takaaki
Katō Takaaki
(加藤 高明, 3 January 1860 – 28 January 1926) was a Japanese politician and the 14th Prime Minister of Japan from 11 June 1924 until his death on 28 January 1926, during the period which historians have called "Taishō Democracy". He was also known as Katō Kōmei.Contents1 Early life 2 As cabinet minister and ambassador 3 As Prime Minister 4 Death 5 Honours 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External linksEarly life[edit] Katō, was born as Hattori Sokichi, the second son of a former samurai retainer of the Owari Tokugawa domain in Nagoya, Owari Province, in the town of Saya, Ama District in what is now part of the city of Aisai, Aichi
Aisai, Aichi
Prefecture
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Komura Jutarō
Marquis
Marquis
Komura Jutarō, GCB, GCMG, GCVO (小村 壽太郎, September 16, 1855 – November 25, 1911) was a statesman and diplomat in Meiji period Japan.[1]Contents1 Biography 2 Career of government service 3 In popular culture 4 Honors4.1 Peerages 4.2 Decorations and ranks5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External linksBiography[edit] Komura was born to a lower-ranking samurai family in the service of the Obi Domain in Kyushu's Hyūga Province
Hyūga Province
(present-day Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture). He attended the Daigaku Nankō (the predecessor of Tokyo Imperial University). In 1875, he was selected by the Ministry of Education as one of the first students to study abroad under a government scholarship. While at Harvard University, Komura shared lodgings with fellow Japanese student Kaneko Kentarō
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Okiharu Yasuoka
Okiharu Yasuoka (保岡 興治, Yasuoka Okiharu, born May 11, 1939) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kagoshima Prefecture and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1972 as an independent. He later joined the LDP and served as the Minister of Justice from 2000 to 2001. He was later returned to the post of Minister of Justice under Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on August 1, 2008.[1] Yasuoka is a licensed attorney. He left the LDP in 1994 to join the now-defunct Shinshinto party, but returned to the LDP in 1995. Yasuoka is known to work himself and his staff very long hours
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Hayashi Tadasu
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Count
Hayashi Tadasu, GCVO
GCVO
(林 董, April 11, 1850 – July 10, 1913[1]) was a Japanese career diplomat and cabinet minister in Meiji period Japan.Contents1 Early life 2 Political career 3 Honors3.1 Titles 3.2 Decorations 3.3 Honorary degrees 3.4 Order of precedence4 See also 5 References 6 External links 7 NotesEarly life[edit] Hayashi was born in Sakura city, Shimōsa Province
Shimōsa Province
(present-day Chiba prefecture) .,[2] as the son of Satō Taizen, a physician practicing "Dutch medicine" for the Sakura Domain. He was adopted as a child by Hayashi Dokai, a physician in the service of the Tokugawa shogunate, from whom he received the family name "Hayashi", but he sometimes referred to himself as "Satō Tosaburō"
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