21 September 1842|
Tosa Province, Japan
|Died||29 December 1921(aged 79)|
|Occupation||politician, cabinet minister|
Hayashi Yūzō was a native of Tosa Province (modern-day Kōchi Prefecture), where his father, Iwamura Hidetoshi, was a samurai in the service of Tosa Domain. His elder brother was Iwamura Michitoshi and his younger brother was Iwamura Takatoshi, both of whom served in numerous posts within the Meiji government. He was adopted into the Hayashi family at an early age. During the Boshin War, he fought against the forces of the Tokugawa shogunate in Echigo Province. Following the Meiji Restoration, he worked with Itagaki Taisuke but was later arrested for attempted to raise an army in support of Saigō Takamori in the Satsuma Rebellion and imprisoned.
Following his release from prison, Hayashi rejoined Itagaki Taisuke and became a member of the Jiyūtō political party. He won a seat in the Lower House of the Diet of Japan in the 1890 General Election, and was subsequently reelected eight times to the same seat. In the 1st Ōkuma Shigenobu administration in 1898, Hayashi was appointed Minister of Communications. He rejoined the cabinet again in 1900 under the 4th Itō Hirobumi administration as Minister of Agriculture and Commerce. Hayashi retired from public life in 1908.
|Minister of Communications
Jun 1898 – Nov 1898
|Minister of Agriculture & Commerce
Oct 1900 – Jun 1902