Hajime Tamura

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Hajime Tamura
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
In office
2 June 1989 – 24 January 1990
Preceded by Kenzaburo Hara
Succeeded by Yoshio Sakurauchi
Minister of International Trade and Industry
In office
Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone
Noboru Takeshita
Succeeded by Hiroshi Mitsuzuka
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
In office
17 July 1980 – 28 November 1983
Preceded by Hirokichi Nadao
Succeeded by Kenji Fukunaga
Minister of Transport
In office
1976 – ?
Labor Minister
In office
1972 – ?
Personal details
Born 1924 (age 89–90)
Matsuzaka, Mie
Alma mater Keio University

Hajime Tamura (田村 元 Tamura Hajime?, born 1924) is a Japanese politician. He held different cabinet posts and served as the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Early life and education[edit]

Tamura was born in Matsuzaka, Mie Prefecture, in 1924.[1][2] In 1950, he received a law degree from Keio University.[1][3]

Career and activities[edit]

Tamura was a member of the House of Representatives to which he was first elected in 1955.[1][4] He was appointed labor minister in 1972 and transport minister in 1976.[1][3] On 17 July 1980 he was named as the speaker of the House of Representatives, succeeding Hirokichi Nadao in the post.[5] Tamura served in the post until 28 November 1983 when Kenji Fukunaga replaced him as speaker.[5]

He served as minister of international trade and industry from 1986 to 1988 in the cabinets led by Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and then by Noboru Takeshita.[6][7][8] When he was in office he apologized to the United States for an export violation committed by a Japanese manufacturer.[9] In a reshuffle in December 1988 Hiroshi Mitsuzuka replaced Tamura as minister of international trade and industry.[8] Tamura again became the speaker of the House of Representatives on 2 June 1989, replacing Kenzaburo Hara in the post.[5] Tamura's term ended on 24 January 1990 when Yoshio Sakurauchi was appointed speaker.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tamura is married and has three daughters.[1]


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  8. ^ a b Schoenberger, Karl (28 December 1988). "Takeshita Shuffles Cabinet but Retains Key Ministers". Los Angeles Times (Tokyo). Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
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