Kazuo Shii

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Kazuo Shii
志位 和夫
Kazuo Shii.jpg
Chair of Japanese Communist Party
Assumed office
November 24, 2000
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
July 18, 1993
Personal details
Born (1954-07-29) July 29, 1954 (age 60)
Yotsukaidō, Chiba
Political party Japanese Communist Party
Alma mater Tokyo University
Occupation Politician
Website shii.gr.jp

Kazuo Shii (志位 和夫 Shii Kazuo?, born 29 July 1954) is a Japanese politician and chairman of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP).

Early life[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

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.

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House of Representatives of Japan
New title
Introduction of proportional representation
Representative for the Southern Kantō PR block
Preceded by
Ken'ichi Ueno
Hideo Usui
Kazuo Eguchi
Kazuo Torii
Masayuki Okajima
Representative for Chiba 1st district
Served alongside: Yoshihiko Noda, Masayuki Okajima, Kazuo Torii, Hideo Usui
District eliminated
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tetsuzō Fuwa
JCP central committee chairman
Preceded by
Mitsuhiro Kaneko
Head of the JCP central committee secretariat
Succeeded by
Tadayoshi Ichida