Koriki Jojima

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Koriki Jojima
城島 光力
Koriki Jojima.jpg
Minister of Finance
In office
1 October 2012 – 26 December 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Preceded by Jun Azumi
Succeeded by Tarō Asō
Personal details
Born 城島正光 (Jōjima Misamitsu?)
(1947-01-01) 1 January 1947 (age 68)
Yanagawa, Fukuoka, Japan
Political party New Frontier Party (formerly)
Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Tokyo
Website Official website

Koriki Jojima (城島光力 Jōjima Kōriki?, 1 January 1947), is a Japanese politician and the Japan's former minister of finance who was in office from 1 October to 26 December 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Jojima was born in Yanagawa, Fukuoka, on 1 January 1947.[1][2][3] He is a graduate of Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University.[1] He received a bachelor's degree in agronomy in March 1970.[2][4]


Jojima is the former head of Ajinomoto Workers' Union where he served for about 25 years[5] and also, of Japan Food Industry Workers' Union Council.[1] He then served as a council member of the Japan Productivity Center for Socio-Economic Development.[1] He is a veteran lawmaker.[6] He was first elected to parliament in 1996 as a member of the now defunct New Frontier Party, led by Ichiro Ozawa.[3]

Jojima is one of the founding members of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).[7] He served as the parliament affairs chief of the DPJ.[8] He was also a member of committee on fundamental national policies.[1] He was appointed finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle on 1 October 2012, replacing Jun Azumi in the post.[7][9] It was his first cabinet post.[10] Jojima served in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda[3] until 26 December 2012, and he was replaced by Taro Aso as finance minister.[11]

He also lost his parliamentary seat in the 16 December 2012 general election.[12][13]


Jojima is known to be a supporter of strong middle class in a society, and he does not endorse excessive competition.[14]

Personal life[edit]

His real name is Masamitsu.[5] But, he changed his name as "Koriki" after losing in the 2005 House of Representatives election to make a new start.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Diet Members". DPJ. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Koriki Jojima". Global Leadership Project. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Profile - Japanese Finance Minister Koriki Jojima". CNBC. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Cabinet". Kantei. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Profiles of ten new ministers in Noda's Reshuffled Cabinet". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Kajimoto, Tetsushi (1 October 2012). "New Japanese finance minister seen sticking to policy line". The Star Online (Tokyo). Reuters. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Mayumi Otsuma; Isabel Reynolds (1 October 2012). "Jojima Named Finance Chief as Noda Sets Pre-Election Cabinet". Business Week. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Japanese Cabinet Reshuffled; Koriki Jojima New Finance Minister". RTT News. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "List of Ministers". Kantei. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Noda adds new faces to Cabinet". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Japan's Abe taps allies for cabinet, eyes deflation". Reuters. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Nothing left for the election-gutted DPJ to do but rebuild Japan Times 18 December 2012
  13. ^ Inagaki, Kana (17 December 2012). "Japanese Election: The Biggest Losers". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Standouts of Japan's new cabinet lineup". Asia One News. AFP. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jun Azumi
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Tarō Asō