Koji Omi

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Koji Omi with Martín Varsavsky at STS in Kyoto.

Kōji Omi (尾身 幸次 Omi Kōji?, born December 14, 1932) is a Japanese politician, served as Minister of Finance in the first Cabinet of Shinzō Abe, from 2006 to 2007.

Omi was born in Numata, Gunma Prefecture and graduated with a degree in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University. He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and later served as consul general of Japan in New York City and as Director of the Small Business Administration. He resigned from the bureaucracy in 1982 to run for office, and was elected to the Diet of Japan in 1983.

Omi was appointed as Director of the Economic Planning Agency in 1997 and briefly as a state minister under Junichiro Koizumi in 2001. He was on a mission to the United States during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Omi was Minister of Science and Technology 2001–2002. He was appointed Minister of Finance on September 26, 2006.

Omi has previously supported increases in the national consumption tax, although Abe has distanced himself from this policy and seeks to achieve much of his budget balancing through spending cuts.[1]


Founder and Chairman Science and Technology in Society forum (ja)[2]


  1. ^ Japan's Abe Unexpectedly Names Omi Finance Minister, Bloomberg, September 26, 2006.
  2. ^ Omi, Koji (22 December 2014). "Constructing a Global Science Forum". Science & Diplomacy 3 (4). 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sadakazu Tanigaki
Minister of Finance of Japan
Succeeded by
Fukushiro Nukaga
Preceded by
Tarō Asō
Head of the Economic Planning Agency
Succeeded by
Taichi Sakaiya