Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)

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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. The recent efforts of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to establish a more interventionist foreign policy have also heightened the importance of the position.

The position is currently held by Fumio Kishida.

List of ministers[edit]

  • Italics indicates subject served as Acting Foreign Minister.
  • Bold indicates subject served concurrently as Prime Minister for a period of time.
# Image Name Took office Left office
1 KaoruM13.jpg Inoue Kaoru 1885 1887
Itô Hirobumi.jpg Itō Hirobumi 1887 1888
2 Ōkuma Shigenobu.jpg Ōkuma Shigenobu
(1st)
1888 1889
3 Aoki Shuzo2.jpg Aoki Shūzō
(1st)
1889 1891
4 Foreign Minister Enomoto Takeaki.jpg Enomoto Takeaki 1891 1892
5 Munemitsu Mutsu 2.jpg Mutsu Munemitsu 1892 1896
6 PM Kinmochi Saionji.jpg Saionji Kinmochi
(1st)
1896 1896
2 Ōkuma Shigenobu.jpg Ōkuma Shigenobu
(2nd)
1896 1897
7 Tokujiro Nishi.jpg Nishi Tokujirō 1897 1898
2 Ōkuma Shigenobu.jpg Ōkuma Shigenobu
(3rd)
1898 1898
3 Aoki Shuzo2.jpg Aoki Shūzō
(2nd)
1898 1900
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Katō Takaaki
(1st)
1900 1901
9 Sone Arasuke.jpg Sone Arasuke 1901 1901
10 Komura Jutaro in 1905.jpg Komura Jutarō
(1st)
1901 1906
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Katō Takaaki
(2nd)
1906 1906
6 PM Kinmochi Saionji.jpg Saionji Kinmochi
(2nd)
1906 1906
11 Tadasu Hayashi.png Hayashi Tadasu 1906 1908
12 Portrait of Masatake Terauchi.jpg Terauchi Masatake
(1st)
1908 1908
10 Komura Jutaro in 1905.jpg Komura Jutarō
(2nd)
1908 1911
13 Kosai Uchida.jpg Uchida Kosai
(1st)
1911 1912
14 11 KatsuraT.jpg Katsura Tarō 1912 1913
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Katō Takaaki
(2nd)
1913 1913
15 Count Nobuaki Makino.jpg Makino Nobuaki 1913 1914
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Katō Takaaki
(3rd)
1914 1915
2 Shigenobu Okuma 5.jpg Ōkuma Shigenobu
(4th)
1915 1915
16 Kikujiro Ishii.jpg Ishii Kikujirō 1915 1916
12 Portrait of Masatake Terauchi.jpg Terauchi Masatake
(2nd)
1916 1916
17 Ichirō Motono.jpg Motono Ichirō 1916 1918
18 Shimpei Gotō.jpg Gotō Shinpei 1918 1918
13 Kosai Uchida.jpg Uchida Kosai
(2nd)
1918 1923
19 Yamamoto Gonnohyoe 2.jpg Yamamoto Gonnohyōe 1923 1923
20 Hikokichi Ijuin.jpg Ijuin Hikokichi 1923 1924
21 KeishiroMatsui.jpg Matsui Keishirō 1924 1924
22 Kijuro Shidehara.jpg Kijūrō Shidehara
(1st)
1924 1927
23 Tanaka Giichi.jpg Tanaka Giichi 1927 1929
22 Kijuro Shidehara.jpg Kijūrō Shidehara
(2nd)
1929 1931
24 Inukai Tsuyoshi.jpg Inukai Tsuyoshi 1931 1932
25 Kenkichi Yoshizawa 1932.jpg Kenkichi Yoshizawa 1932 1932
26 Makoto Saito 2.jpg Saitō Makoto 1932 1932
13 Kosai Uchida.jpg Uchida Kosai
(3rd)
1932 1933
27 Kohki Hirota suit.jpg Kōki Hirota
(1st)
1933 1936
28 Hachirō Arita.jpg Hachirō Arita
(1st)
1936 1937
29 Senjuro Hayashi suit.jpg Senjuro Hayashi 1937 1937
30 Naotake Sato.jpg Naotake Satō 1937 1937
27 Kohki Hirota suit.jpg Kōki Hirota
(2nd)
1937 1938
31 Kazushige Ugaki 2.jpg Kazushige Ugaki 1938 1938
32 Fumimaro Konoe.jpg Fumimaro Konoe 1938 1938
28 Hachirō Arita.jpg Hachirō Arita
(2nd)
1938 1939
33 Nobuyuki Abe formal.jpg Nobuyuki Abe 1939 1939
34 Kichisaburo Nomura 2.jpg Kichisaburō Nomura 1939 1940
28 Hachirō Arita.jpg Hachirō Arita
(3rd)
1940 1940
35 Yōsuke Matsuoka.jpg Yōsuke Matsuoka 1940 1941
36 Toyoda Teijirō.JPG Teijirō Toyoda 1941 1941
37 Shigenori Togo.jpg Shigenori Tōgō
(1st)
1941 1942
38 Hideki Tojo.jpg Hideki Tōjō 1942 1942
39 Masayuki Tani 1942 1943
40 Shigemitsu Mamoru.jpg Mamoru Shigemitsu
(1st)
1943 1945
41 Kantaro Suzuki suit cropped.jpg Kantarō Suzuki 1945 1945
37 Shigenori Togo.jpg Shigenori Tōgō
(2nd)
1945 1945
40 Shigemitsu Mamoru.jpg Mamoru Shigemitsu
(2nd)
1945 1945
43 Shigeru Yoshida smiling2.jpg Shigeru Yoshida
(1st)
1945 1947
Tetsu Katayama.jpg Tetsu Katayama 1947 1947
44 Hitoshi Ashida.jpg Hitoshi Ashida 1947 1948
43 Shigeru Yoshida smiling2.jpg Shigeru Yoshida
(2nd)
1948 1952
45 Katsuo Okazaki.jpg Katsuo Okazaki 1952 1954
40 Shigemitsu Mamoru.jpg Mamoru Shigemitsu
(3rd)
1954 1956
TANZAN ISHIBASHI.jpg Tanzan Ishibashi 1956 1956
46 Nobusuke Kishi Dec 14, 1956.jpg Nobusuke Kishi 1956 1957
47 Aiichiro Fujiyama.jpg Aiichiro Fujiyama 1957 1960
48 Zentaro Kosaka.jpg Zentaro Kosaka
(1st)
1960 1962
49 Masayoshi Ohira at Andrews AFB 1 Jan 1980 cropped 1.jpg Masayoshi Ōhira
(1st)
1962 1964
50 Etsuzaburo Shiina.jpg Shiina Etsusaburo 1964 1966
51 Takeo Miki-2-1.jpg Takeo Miki 1966 1968
Eisaku Sato 01.jpg Eisaku Satō 1968 1968
52 Kiichi Aichi.jpg Kiichi Aichi 1968 1971
53 Takeo Fukuda 1977.jpg Takeo Fukuda 1971 1972
49 Masayoshi Ohira at Andrews AFB 1 Jan 1980 cropped 1.jpg Masayoshi Ōhira
(2nd)
1972 1974
54 Toshio Kimura 1974 1974
55 Kiichi.jpg Kiichi Miyazawa 1974 1976
48 Zentaro Kosaka.jpg Zentaro Kosaka
(2nd)
1976 1976
56 Iichirō Hatoyama 1976 1977
57 Sunao Sonoda, Jul. 1979 (1).jpg Sunao Sonoda
(1st)
1977 1979
58 Saburo Okita 1979 1980
59 Masayoshi Ito 1980 1981
57 Sunao Sonoda
(2nd)
1981 1981
60 Yoshio Sakurauchi 1981 1982
61 Shintaro Abe 1982 1986
62 Tadashi Kuranari 1986 1987
63 Sosuke Uno 1977.png Sōsuke Uno 1987 1989
64 Hiroshi Mitsuzuka 1989 1989
65 Taro Nakayama 1989 1991
66 Michio Watanabe 1993.jpg Michio Watanabe 1991 1993
67 Kabun Muto 1993 1993
68 Tsutomu Hata 1993 1994
69 Koji Kakizawa 1994 1994
70 Yōhei Kōno cropped.jpg Yohei Kono
(1st)
1994 1996
71 Yukihiko Ikeda 1996 1997
72 Keizo Obuchi cropped 2.jpg Keizō Obuchi 1997 1998
73 Komura Masahiko 1-3.jpg Masahiko Kōmura
(1st)
1998 1999
70 Yōhei Kōno cropped.jpg Yohei Kono
(2nd)
1999 2001
74 Makiko Tanaka in Hawaii cropped.jpg Makiko Tanaka 2001 2002
75 Koizumi 2010 cropped.png Junichiro Koizumi 2002 2002
76 Yoriko Kawaguchi cropped.jpg Yoriko Kawaguchi 2002 2004
77 Machimura Nobutaka 1-2.jpg Nobutaka Machimura
(1st)
2004 2005
78 Taro Aso in World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos (cropped).jpg Tarō Asō 2005 2007
77 Machimura Nobutaka 1-2.jpg Nobutaka Machimura
(2nd)
2007 2007
73 Komura Masahiko 1-3.jpg Masahiko Kōmura
(2nd)
2007 2008
79 Hirofumi Nakasone.jpg Hirofumi Nakasone 2008 2009
80 Katsuya Okada on March 29, 2010.jpg Katsuya Okada 2009 2010
81 Maehara Crop.jpg Seiji Maehara 2010 2011
Edano Yukio 1-3.jpg Yukio Edano (acting) 2011 2011
82 Takeaki Matsumoto cropped 1 Takeaki Matsumoto and Hillary Rodham Clinton 20110429.jpg Takeaki Matsumoto 2011 2011
83 Koichiro Gemba cropped 1 Hillary Rodham Clinton and Koichiro Gemba 20110919 1.jpg Kōichirō Genba 2011 2012
84 Fumio Kishida Minister.jpg Fumio Kishida 2012 Present

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