|President of the Democratic Party of Japan|
25 December 2012
|Preceded by||Yoshihiko Noda|
|Leader of the Opposition|
26 December 2012
|Preceded by||Shinzo Abe|
|Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry|
14 January 2011 – 2 September 2011
|Prime Minister||Naoto Kan|
|Preceded by||Akihiro Ohata|
|Succeeded by||Yoshio Hachiro|
26 February 1949 |
|Political party||Democratic Party of Japan|
|Alma mater||Keio University|
Banri Kaieda (海江田 万里 Kaieda Banri , born February 26, 1949 in Tokyo) is a Japanese politician who has been President of the Democratic Party of Japan, the main opposition party in the Diet, since 2012. He was named after Banri no Chōjō (万里の長城), a Japanese translational name for the Great Wall of China, and later began learning the Chinese language after entering Keio University.
In January 2011, he was appointed to head the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry by Prime Minister Naoto Kan. After Kan resigned in August 2011, Kaieda competed to replace him, supported by former DPJ leader Ichirō Ozawa, then under suspension from the party after being indicted for alleged violation of the Political Funds Act. Kaieda lost a runoff vote against Yoshihiko Noda, achieving 177 votes to Noda's 215, so Noda became Kan's successor.
According to Gay Japan News 2009 election questionare, he supports legalization of gay marriage in Japan. In the same questionaire he also indicated desire to put support for gay rights into Democratic Party of Japan's party platform. 
Election as DPJ President
The resulting DPJ presidential election was held on 25 December 2012, which was contested by Kaieda and Sumio Mabuchi. It was eventually won by Banri Kaieda with 90 votes to Sumio Mabuchi's 54 votes. It was suggested that his rise to the leadership could lead to cooperation with Ozawa, who had left the DPJ during 2012 due to Noda's pushing through of a consumption tax increase.
- "海江田万里「７０年代に訪中し、帰国後に夜学で中国語学んだ」" (in Japanese). Searchina. April 22, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- Tabuchi, Hiroko (January 15, 2011). "Fiscal hawk is named Japan economic chief". Boston.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- Johnston, Eric, "Contenders' backgrounds", Japan Times, 28 August 2011, p. 2.
- Daily Yomiuri Kan calls it quits / Ozawa expected to support Kaieda, not Maehara August 27, 2012
- Daily Yomiuri Noda elected DPJ president / 1st-round leader Kaieda undone by support from Ozawa bloc August 30, 2012
- Gay Japan News2009 Election Questionaire 
- Mainichi Shimbun PM Noda to quit as DPJ chief after electoral disaster December 17, 2012
- Daily Yomiuri Kaieda elected new DPJ leader December 26, 2012
- Japan Times Kaieda takes DPJ helm; Ozawa overture hinted December 26, 2012
|Party political offices|
|President of the Democratic Party
|Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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