Kichirō Tazawa

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Kichirō Tazawa
Minister of Defense
In office
24 August 1988 – 3 June 1989
Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita
Preceded by Tsutomu Kawara
Succeeded by Taku Yamasaki
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
In office
30 November 1981 – 26 November 1982
Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki
Preceded by Takeo Kameoka
Personal details
Born 1918
Died 12 December 2001 (aged 82–83)
Political party Liberal Democratic Party

Kichirō Tazawa (田沢 吉郎 Tazawa Kichirō?, 1918 – 12 December 2001) was a Japanese politician. He held different cabinet posts and served as defense minister from 1988 to 1989.

Early life[edit]

Tazawa was born in 1918.[1] He was a native of Aomori, northern Honshu.[2]


Tazawa was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.[3] He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1960 and served there until 1996 when he lost his seat in the election.[3] From 24 December 1976 to 28 November 1977 he was the director of national land agency.[4]

He was appointed minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries on 30 November 1981 in a cabinet reshuffle and succeeded Takeo Kameoka in the post.[5] The cabinet was headed by Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki.[5] Tazawa was in office until 26 November 1982.[5] He was appointed minister of state, director-general of the defense agency (today defense minister) on 24 August 1988 in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita.[1][6] He replaced Tsutomu Kawara in the post who resigned from office.[7] Tazawa retained his post in the late December 1988 reshuffle.[6] He was in office until 3 June 1989 when Taku Yamasaki was appointed to the post.[1] Then he retired from politics and was appointed president of Hirosaki Gakuin University.[3] He served in the post until his death.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Tazawa's wife managed a large farm in Aomori which is one of the significant agricultural and fishing regions in Japan.[2] Tazawa died of esophagus cancer at a hospital in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, on 12 December 2001.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Japanese ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "US stake in Japanese trade; How Japan's farmers block imports". The CS Monitor. 25 March 1982. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ex-LDP politician Tazawa dies at 83". Japan Policy & Politics. 13 December 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Janet Hunter (January 1984). Concise Dictionary of Modern Japanese History. University of California Press. p. 322. ISBN 978-0-520-04390-9. 
  5. ^ a b c "Cabinet". Colombus. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Cabinet shuffled in Japan". Chicago Sun Times. 28 December 1988. Retrieved 15 October 2013.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Japan's Military Chief Quits". Los Angeles Times. 25 August 1988. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Obituary: Kichiro Tazawa". The Japan Times. 14 December 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2013.