9 September 2006 – 3 July 2007
|Preceded by||Fukushiro Nukaga|
|Succeeded by||Yuriko Koike|
|Constituency||Nagasaki Prefecture 2nd District|
4 December 1940 |
Minamishimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party|
Fumio Kyūma (久間 章生 Kyūma Fumio , born 4 December 1940) is a Japanese politician who has served in the Diet of Japan since 1980. Kyuma graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1964 and worked for the Ministry of Agriculture. He was elected to the Nagasaki Prefectural Assembly in 1971 serving three terms before being elected to the Diet as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for Nagasaki Number 2.
Kyūma served as the Minister for Defense from 1996 to 1998 under then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto. He served in a variety of LDP posts in Jun'ichirō Koizumi's cabinet. He again became responsible for defence in September 2006.
In September 2006, shortly after he was appointed Defense Minister, Kyūma stated that the Chinese military was a concern, contradicting earlier comments that he had made referring to China's military as a threat.
In December 2006, Kyuma claimed that although former Prime Minister Jun'ichirō Koizumi supported the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the invasion did not have the official support of the Japanese government. He later had to withdraw his remarks, admitting that the Japanese "Cabinet officially adopted a unified view supporting the U.S.-led war." On 24 January 2007 he said that the U.S. decision to invade Iraq was a mistake.
In January 2007 he criticized the United States over not getting the approval of Okinawa's governor during efforts to relocate the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The base and its relocation has been a source of friction between the residents of Okinawa and the U.S. government.
Kyūma resigned as Defense Minister on 3 July 2007 for remarks made at Reitaku University in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture on 30 June. In this speech, he stated "I now have come to accept in my mind that in order to end the war, it could not be helped that an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and that countless numbers of people suffered great tragedy." He appeared on a Fuji TV morning news show on 1 July, saying he did not think an apology would be necessary, but he apologized later the same day. When this would not calm the critics, Kyūma finally submitted his resignation on 3 July. Asked about the reason for his resignation, Kyūma is quoted as saying that he did not want his comments to become a "minus" for the Prime Minister. Yuriko Koike was appointed his successor the same day.
From the Japanese Wikipedia
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (29 April 2013)
- "６閣僚に「９条守れ」/天理教平和の会、信者に要請". JCP. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Kantei "Fumio Kyuma"
- The Japan Times "Cabinet Profile"
- Japan Times "Cabinet Profile"
- Kantei "Fumio Kyumi"
- "Japan defence chief: China not threat"
- "Kyuma admits Tokyo backed Iraq attack"
- "Kyuma: U.S. invasion of Iraq a mistake"
- "Japan moves to defuse diplomatic spat with US"
- Japan News Review "Kyūma steps down over A-bomb gaffe" 3 July 2007
- Japan News Review "Kyuma's excuse: 'It can’t be helped' is often said in Kyushu dialect" 3 July 2007
- Japan News Review "Yuriko Koike appointed new Defence Minister"
|Minister of State, Head of the Japan Defence Agency
|New creation||Minister of Defence
January 2007 - July 2007
|House of Representatives of Japan|
|New district||Representative for Nagasaki 2nd district
|Representative for Nagasaki 1st district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Takeo Nishioka, Tadashi Kuranari, Yoshiaki Takaki, ...
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the LDP General Affairs Committee