Masajuro Shiokawa

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Shiokawa in Washington, D.C.

Masajuro Shiokawa (塩川 正十郎 Shiokawa Masajūrō?, born October 13, 1921) is a Japanese politician.

Born in Fuse City (now Higashi-Osaka City), Osaka Prefecture, he graduated from the economics faculty of Keio University in 1944 and founded the Mitsuaki Corporation in 1946.

He was a public official in the Fuse City government from 1964 to 1966, and directed the merger to form Higashi-Osaka in 1966. In 1967, he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the 4th District of Osaka.

Shiokawa served as Parliamentary Vice Minister of International Trade and Industry from 1972 to 1973, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary from 1976 to 1977, Commerce and Industry Committee Chairman from 1979 to 1980, Minister of Transport from 1980 to 1981 (under Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki), Minister of Education from 1986 to 1987 (under PM Yasuhiro Nakasone), Chief Cabinet Secretary for three months in 1989 (under PM Sōsuke Uno), and Minister of Home Affairs from 1991 to 1992.

Although Shiokawa became Secretary-General of the LDP in 1995, he lost his seat in the 1996 general elections, and was not re-elected until 2000.

In 2001, Junichiro Koizumi tapped Shiokawa to serve as Minister of Finance.[1] He resigned in 2003 and decided not to seek re-election that year.[2][3]

Shiokawa is dean of Toyo University, director of the Kansai Shogi Hall, and active within the Japan Sumo Association.


  1. ^ Sinclair, Timothy J. (2005). The new masters of capital: American bond rating agencies and the politics of creditworthiness. Cornell University Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-8014-4328-2. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "46 lower house members to retire from politics". Japan Policy & Politics. October 14, 2003. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Japan: Koizumi's second chance". The Economist. September 25, 2003. Archived from the original on May 4, 2011. 
Preceded by
Hikaru Matsunaga
Minister of Finance of Japan
2001 - 2003
Succeeded by
Sadakazu Tanigaki
Preceded by
Keizō Obuchi
Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan
Succeeded by
Tokuo Yamashita