Matajirō Koizumi

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Koizumi".
Koizumi Matajirō
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Minister of Posts and Telecommunications
Personal details
Born (1865-06-10)10 June 1865
Died 24 September 1951(1951-09-24) (aged 86)

Matajirō Koizumi (小泉 又次郎 Koizumi Matajirō?, June 10, 1865 - September 24, 1951) was the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications in Japan. He was born in Yokohama to Yoshibe Koizumi, a scaffolder, and his wife Yuki. He was known as "wild man" and "irezumi minister" because he had a large tattoo of a red dragon on his back. He sought to privatise the Post Office.

Koizumi led a movement to establish universal suffrage during the Taishō period. Koizumi's son-in-law, Jun'ya Koizumi, became a director general of the Defense Agency and a second-generation Diet member.

Koizumi's grandson, Jun'ichirō Koizumi, served as the Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006 and inherited his grandfather's idea of postal privatization; Jun'ichirō had himself been Minister of Posts and Telecommunications in 1992-93 under Kiichi Miyazawa.

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