Minister of Finance (Japan)

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The Minister of Finance (財務大臣 Zaimu Daijin?) is the member of the Cabinet of Japan in charge of the Ministry of Finance. This position was formerly cited as being Japan's most powerful and one of the world's, because Japan had historically held the largest foreign exchange reserves. It seems that title has been passed to Bank of Japan governors,[1] due to Japan's position as the world's largest and lowest rate creditor.

Until 2001, the position was known in Japanese literally as "Treasury Minister" (大藏大臣 (Ōkura Daijin?)), but the English name was "Minister of Finance" both before and after the name change in Japanese.

List of ministers[edit]

# Name Took office Left office
20th century
1 Takahashi Korekiyo
(1st)
1927 1929
 ?  ?? 1929 1931
1 Takahashi Korekiyo
(2nd)
1927 1936
 ?  ?? 1936 1937
2 Toyotaro Yuki[2] 1937 1937
 ?  ?? 1937 1941
3 Okinori Kaya 1941 1944
 ?  ?? 1944 1945
4 Juichi Tsushima 1945 1945
5 Keizō Shibusawa 1945 1946
6 Tanzan Ishibashi 1946 1947
7 Shōtarō Yano 1947 1947
8 Takeo Kurisu 1947 1948
9 Tokutarō Kitamura 1948 1948
10 Sanroku Izumiyama 1948 1948
 ?  ?? 1948 1949
11 Hayato Ikeda
(1st)
1949 1952
12 Tadaharu Mukai 1952 1953
13 Sankurō Ogasawara 1953 1954
14 Naoto Ichimanda
(1st)
1954 1956
11 Hayato Ikeda
(2nd)
1956 1957
14 Naoto Ichimanda
(2nd)
1957 1958
15 Eisaku Satō 1958 1960
16 Mikio Mizuta
(1st)
1960 1962
17 Kakuei Tanaka 1962 1965
18 Takeo Fukuda
(1st)
1965 1966
16 Mikio Mizuta
(2nd)
1966 1968
18 Takeo Fukuda
(2nd)
1968 1971
16 Mikio Mizuta
(3rd)
1971 1971
19 Koshiro Ueki 1971 1972
20 Kiichi Aichi 1972 1973
18 Takeo Fukuda
(3rd)
1973 1974
21 Masayoshi Ōhira 1974 1976
22 Hideo Bō 1976 1977
23 Tatsuo Murayama
(1st)
1977 1978
24 Ippei Kaneko 1978 1979
25 Noboru Takeshita
(1st)
1979 1980
26 Michio Watanabe 1980 1982
25 Noboru Takeshita
(2nd)
1982 1986
27 Kiichi Miyazawa
(2nd)
1986 1988
23 Tatsuo Murayama
(2nd)
1988 1989
28 Ryutaro Hashimoto 1989 1991
29 Tsutomu Hata 1991 1992
30 Yoshirō Hayashi 1992 1993
31 Hirohisa Fujii 1993 1994
32 Masayoshi Takemura 1994 1996
33 Wataru Kubo 1996 1996
34 Hiroshi Mitsuzuka 1996 1998
35 Hikaru Matsunaga 1998 1998
27 Kiichi Miyazawa
(1st)
1998 2001
21st century
36 Masajuro Shiokawa 2001 2003
37 Sadakazu Tanigaki 2003 2006
38 Koji Omi 2006 2007
39 Fukushiro Nukaga 2007 2008
40 Bunmei Ibuki 2008 2008
41 Shōichi Nakagawa 2008 2009
42 Kaoru Yosano 2009 2009
43 Hirohisa Fujii 2009 2010
44 Naoto Kan 2010 2010
45 Yoshihiko Noda 2010 2011
46 Jun Azumi 2011 2012
47 Koriki Jojima[3] 2012 2012
48 Tarō Asō 2012 present

Notes[edit]

Before 2001 The title minister of finance from Japanese language is Minister of Finance (大蔵大臣 Ōkura-daijin?).Since 2001 The title minister of finance from Japanese language is Minister of Finance (財務大臣 Zaimu-daijin?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ How 'stoozing' could bring down the global economy - Money Week
  2. ^ Fuji Ginkō. (1967). Banking in modern Japan, p. 125.
  3. ^ [1]