|Chair of Japanese Communist Party|
November 24, 2000
|Member of the House of Representatives|
July 18, 1993
July 29, 1954 |
|Political party||Japanese Communist Party|
|Alma mater||Tokyo University|
Shii was born in Yotsukaido, Chiba Prefecture. He graduated from the Department of Physical Engineering at Tokyo University. He joined the JCP during his first year at the University and became an active participant in the party's student wing.
In 1990 Shii became the head of the Secretariat and was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1993. At the party congress in 2000 Shii was elected as party leader.
Shii became the first JCP chairman to visit South Korea, and first Japanese politician to visit the site of Seodaemun Prison. He paid tribute to the memory of Korean anti-colonial activists who were imprisoned during the period of Japanese colonialism.
Shii plays the piano. Shii claims the music is "a part of my life" and seriously considered to be a musician. When he was about to enter the university, he wrestled the choice between majoring music and physics, and chose physics in the end. Shii says his favorite composers are Franz Schubert and Dmitri Shostakovich.
- Official page (Japanese)
- Kazuo Shii on Twitter (Japanese)
- Interview with C.B.Liddell in Metropolis magazine
|House of Representatives of Japan|
Introduction of proportional representation
|Representative for the Southern Kantō PR block
|Representative for Chiba 1st district
Served alongside: Yoshihiko Noda, Masayuki Okajima, Kazuo Torii, Hideo Usui
|Party political offices|
|JCP central committee chairman
|Head of the JCP central committee secretariat
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