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 1927
2 Chuzo Mitsuchi 1927 1929
3 Junnosuke Inoue 1929 1931
1 Takahashi Korekiyo
(2nd)
1931 1934
4 Sadanobu Fujii 1934 1934
1 Takahashi Korekiyo
(3rd)
1934 1936
5 Machida Chūji 1936 1936
6 Eiichi Baba 1936 1937
7 Toyotaro Yuki[2] 1937 1937
8 Okinori Kaya 1937 1938
9 Shigeaki Ikeda 1938 1939
10 Sotaro Ishiwata 1939 1939
11 Kazuo Aoki 1939 1940
12 Yukio Sakurauchi 1940 1940
13 Isao Kawada 1940 1941
14 Masatsune Ogura 1941 1941
8 Okinori Kaya
(2nd)
1941 1944
15 Sotaro Ishiwata 1944 1945
16 Juichi Tsushima 1945 1945
17 Keizō Shibusawa 1945 1946
18 Tanzan Ishibashi 1946 1947
19 Shōtarō Yano 1947 1947
20 Takeo Kurisu 1947 1948
21 Tokutarō Kitamura 1948 1948
22 Sanroku Izumiyama 1948 1948
23 Shinzō Ōya
Interim
1948 1949
24 Hayato Ikeda
(1st)
1949 1952
25 Tadaharu Mukai 1952 1953
26 Sankurō Ogasawara 1953 1954
27 Naoto Ichimanda
(1st)
1954 1956
24 Hayato Ikeda
(2nd)
1956 1957
27 Naoto Ichimanda
(2nd)
1957 1958
28 Eisaku Satō 1958 1960
29 Mikio Mizuta
(1st)
1960 1962
30 Kakuei Tanaka 1962 1965
31 Takeo Fukuda
(1st)
1965 1966
29 Mikio Mizuta
(2nd)
1966 1968
31 Takeo Fukuda
(2nd)
1968 1971
29 Mikio Mizuta
(3rd)
1971 1971
32 Koshiro Ueki 1971 1972
33 Kiichi Aichi 1972 1973
31 Takeo Fukuda
(3rd)
1973 1974
34 Masayoshi Ōhira 1974 1976
35 Hideo Bō 1976 1977
36 Tatsuo Murayama
(1st)
1977 1978
37 Ippei Kaneko 1978 1979
38 Noboru Takeshita
(1st)
1979 1980
39 Michio Watanabe 1980 1982
38 Noboru Takeshita
(2nd)
1982 1986
40 Kiichi Miyazawa
(1st)
1986 1988
36 Tatsuo Murayama
(2nd)
1988 1989
41 Ryutaro Hashimoto 1989 1991
42 Tsutomu Hata 1991 1992
43 Yoshirō Hayashi 1992 1993
44 Hirohisa Fujii 1993 1994
45 Masayoshi Takemura 1994 1996
46 Wataru Kubo 1996 1996
47 Hiroshi Mitsuzuka 1996 1998
48 Hikaru Matsunaga 1998 1998
40 Kiichi Miyazawa
(2nd)
1998 2001
21st century
49 Masajuro Shiokawa 2001 2003
50 Sadakazu Tanigaki 2003 2006
51 Koji Omi 2006 2007
52 Fukushiro Nukaga 2007 2008
53 Bunmei Ibuki 2008 2008
54 Shōichi Nakagawa 2008 2009
55 Kaoru Yosano 2009 2009
56 Hirohisa Fujii 2009 2010
57 Naoto Kan 2010 2010
58 Yoshihiko Noda 2010 2011
59 Jun Azumi 2011 2012
60 Koriki Jojima[3] 2012 2012
61 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]