Deputy Prime Minister of Japan

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Deputy Prime Minister of Japan
副総理
Fuku-sōri
Goshichi no kiri.svg
Emblem of the Government of Japan
Taro Aso in World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Tarō Asō

since 26 December 2012
Appointer The Emperor
on advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Kijūrō Shidehara
Formation 3 May 1947

The Deputy Prime Minister of Japan (副総理 Fuku-sōri?) is a senior member of the Cabinet of Japan. The office of the Deputy Prime Minister is not a permanent position, existing only at the discretion of the Prime Minister.

Deputy prime minister possesses no special powers as such, though they will always have particular responsibilities in government. They do not automatically succeed the Prime Minister, should the latter be incapacitated or resign from the leadership of his or her political party. In practice, however, the designation of someone to the role of Deputy Prime Minister may provide additional practical status within cabinet, enabling the exercise of de facto, if not de jure, power.

The current Deputy Prime Minister is Tarō Asō, who took the post on 26 December 2012.

Color key (for political party)
      Japan Progressive

      Japan Liberal - Democratic Liberal - Liberal
      Democratic - Japan Democratic


      Liberal Democratic
      Renewal
      Japan New
      Democratic
      Socialist

Lists of Deputy Prime Ministers of Japan[edit]

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Deputy Prime Minister Term of office Prime Minister
Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Days
Kijuro Shidehara.jpg Kijūrō Shidehara
幣原 喜重郎
Shidehara Kijūrō
(1872–1951)
3 May 1947 24 May 1947 21 Shigeru Yoshida
Office not in use 1947 8 Tetsu Katayama
Hitoshi Ashida.jpg Hitoshi Ashida
芦田 均
Ashida Hitoshi
(1887–1959)
1 June 1947 10 March 1948 283
Suehiro nishio.jpg Suehiro Nishio
西尾 末広
Nishio Suehiro
(1891-1981)
10 March 1948 6 July 1948 118 Hitoshi Ashida
Office not in use 1948 87
Joji hayashi.jpg Jōji Hayashi
林 譲治
Hayashi Jōji
(1889-1960)
19 October 1948 13 March 1951 875 Shigeru Yoshida
Office not in use 1951-1952 626
Ogata Taketora 1-2.jpg Taketora Ogata
緒方 竹虎
Ogata Taketora
(1888-1956)
28 November 1952 10 December 1954 742
Shigemitsu Mamoru.jpg Mamoru Shigemitsu
重光 葵
Shigemitsu Mamoru
(1887-1957)
10 December 1954 23 December 1956 744 Ichirō Hatoyama
Office not in use 1956-1957 148 Tanzan Ishibashi
Mitsujiro Ishii.jpg Mitsujirō Ishii
石井 光次郎
Ishii Mitsujirō
(1889-1981)
20 May 1957 12 June 1958 388 Nobusuke Kishi
Office not in use 1958-1959 371
Goshichi no kiri.svg Shūji Masutani
益谷 秀次
Masutani Shūji
(1888-1978)
18 June 1959 19 July 1960 397
Office not in use 1960-1972 4424 Hayato Ikeda
Eisaku Satō
 
Takeo Miki Small.jpg Takeo Miki
三木 武夫
Miki Takeo
(1907-1988)
29 August 1972 12 July 1974 682 Kakuei Tanaka
Office not in use 1974 150
Takeo Fukuda 1977.jpg Takeo Fukuda
福田 赳夫
Fukuda Takeo
(1905-1995)
9 December 1974 6 November 1976 698 Takeo Miki
Office not in use 1976-1980 1313  
Takeo Fukuda
 
Goshichi no kiri.svg Masayoshi Ito
伊東 正義
Itō Masayoshi
(1913-1994)
11 June 1980 17 July 1980 36 Masayoshi Ōhira
Office not in use 1980-1986 2196 Zenkō Suzuki
 
Goshichi no kiri.svg Shin Kanemaru
金丸 信
Kanemaru Shin
(1914-1996)
22 July 1986 6 November 1987 472 Yasuhiro Nakasone
Kiichi.jpg Kiichi Miyazawa
宮澤 喜一
Miyazawa Kiichi
(1919-2007)
6 November 1987 9 December 1988 399 Noboru Takeshita
Office not in use 1988-1991 1061  
Sōsuke Uno
Toshiki Kaifu
Michio Watanabe 1993.jpg Michio Watanabe
渡辺 美智雄
Watanabe Michio
(1923-1995)
5 November 1991 7 April 1993 519 Kiichi Miyazawa
Gotouda.JPG Masaharu Gotōda
後藤田 正晴
Gotōda Masaharu
(1914-2005)
8 April 1993 9 August 1993 123
Goshichi no kiri.svg Tsutomu Hata
羽田 孜
Hata Tsutomu
(1935-)
9 August 1993 28 April 1994 262 Morihiro Hosokawa
Office not in use 1994 63 Tsutomu Hata
Yōhei Kōno cropped.jpg Yōhei Kōno
河野 洋平
Kōno Yōhei
(1937-)
30 June 1994 2 October 1995 459 Tomiichi Murayama
Hashimoto Ryūtarō.jpg Ryutaro Hashimoto
橋本 龍太郎
Hashimoto Ryūtarō
(1937-2006)
2 October 1995 11 January 1996 101
Goshichi no kiri.svg Wataru Kubo
久保 亘
Kubo Wataru
(1929-2003)
11 January 1996 7 November 1996 301 Ryutaro Hashimoto
Office not in use 1996-2009 4696  
Keizō Obuchi
Yoshirō Mori
Junichiro Koizumi
Shinzō Abe
Yasuo Fukuda
Tarō Asō
Naoto Kan cropped 3 Naoto Kan 2 20110129.jpg Naoto Kan
菅 直人
Kan Naoto
(1946-)
16 September 2009 8 June 2010 265 Yukio Hatoyama
Office not in use 2010-2012 584 Naoto Kan
 
Katsuya Okada-Public speaking-2-20050409.jpg Katsuya Okada
岡田 克也
Okada Katsuya
(1953-)
13 January 2012 26 December 2012 348 Yoshihiko Noda
Taro Aso in World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos (cropped).jpg Tarō Asō
麻生 太郎
Asō Tarō
(1940-)
26 December 2012 Incumbent 580 Shinzō Abe

References[edit]

  • Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary, Kenkyusha Limited, Tokyo 1991, ISBN 4-7674-2015-6