Mayumi Moriyama

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Mayumi Moriyama
森山 眞弓
Minister of Justice
In office
16 April 2001 – 19 November 2003
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Preceded by Masahiko Kōmura
Succeeded by Daizō Nozawa
Minister of Education
In office
1992–1993
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
Personal details
Born (1927-11-07) 7 November 1927 (age 86)
Tokyo
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Tsuda College
University of Tokyo

Mayumi Moriyama (森山 眞弓 Moriyama Mayumi?, born 7 November 1927) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

Early life and education[edit]

Moriyama was born in Tokyo on 7 November 1927.[1] Her father was a businessman, who was progressive and liberal.[2] Her mother was a conservative type of a housewoman.[2]

In 1947, she graduated from the department of foreign languages at Tsuda College.[1] She also received a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Tokyo in 1950.[1]

Career[edit]

Moriyama worked at the ministry of labor from 1950 to 1980.[2] She was elected to the first of her three terms in the House of Councillors in 1980 and then to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1996. She headed the environment agency until 26 August 1989 when she was appointed chief cabinet secretary in the cabinet of Toshiki Kaifu.[3] Moriyama replaced Tokuo Yamashita and became the first Japanese woman appointed to this post.[3] She was dismissed after six months of tenure on 6 January 1990.[4][5] Misoji Sakamoto succeeded her as chief cabinet secretary.[6]

She was appointed minister of education to the cabinet of the then prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa on 12 November 1992.[7] She was also Japan's first female education minister.[4] She remained in office until 1993. She also served as minister of justice from 26 April 2001 to 19 November 2003 in the first cabinet of the then prime minister Junichiro Koizumi.[8]

Moriyama is the president of Baiou University.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Moriyama is the widow of representative Kinji Moriyama. In 1991, she published a book, titled What I Saw in the Cabinet.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Justice Minister". Kantei. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Behrens, Leigh (19 June 1988). "Mayumi Moriyama `It`s Worthwhile To Work And Pioneer The Way`". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Sanger, David E. (26 August 1989). "Woman Gets High Post After Tokyo Aide Quits". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Joyce Gelb (29 November 1994). Women Of Japan & Korea: Continuity and Change. Temple University Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-56639-224-2. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Weisman, Steven R. (6 January 1990). "Tokyo Official Takes on Bastion of Sexism, and Loses". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Sanger, David E. (28 February 1990). "Changes in Japanese Cabinet Set Off a Debate". The New York Times. p. 8. 
  7. ^ Sanger, David E. (12 December 1992). "Japan's Cabinet Is Shuffled Under Harsh New Spotlight". The New York Times. p. 3. 
  8. ^ "Previous cabinets". Kantei. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "The university president of Japan Baiou University, Mayumi Moriyama, visits Taiwan". Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Books". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 


Political offices
Preceded by
Masahiko Kōmura
Minister of Justice of Japan
2001-2003
Succeeded by
Daizō Nozawa