Sohei Miyashita

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Sohei Miyashita
Minister of Defense
In office
5 November 1991 – 12 December 1992
Preceded by Yukihiko Ikeda
Succeeded by Toshio Nakayama
Personal details
Born (1927-11-10)10 November 1927
Died 10 October 2013(2013-10-10) (aged 85)
Political party Liberal Democratic Party

Sohei Miyashita (10 November 1927 – 10 October 2013) was a Japanese politician. He held different cabinet posts.


Miyashita was born in 1927.[1] He worked at the ministry of finance as a budget examiner.[2] He was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and served at the House of Representatives for seven terms.[1][3][4] He was appointed defense minister on 5 November 1991, replacing Yukihiko Ikeda in the post.[5] Miyashita served in the post until 12 December 1992 when Toshio Nakayama succeeded him in the post.[5]

He was appointed minister of state for environment in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on 14 August 1994.[1] Miyashita succeeded Shin Sakurai in the post when the latter resigned from office due to his statements about the role of Japan in World War II.[6] In August 1998, Miyashita was appointed minister of health and welfare in the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi.[7] Then Miyashita was made chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's tax panel.[8]

Miyashita died of pneumonia in Tokyo on 10 October 2013.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Rei Shiratori (1996). "Description of Japanese Politics in1995". European Journal of Political Research 30. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Takao Sebata (5 June 2010). Japan's Defense Policy and Bureaucratic Politics, 1976-2007. University Press of America. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7618-5082-3. 
  3. ^ "Obuchi names cabinet". Trends in Japan. 31 July 1998. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Japanese ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Briefs". St Louis Post-Dispatch. AP/Reuters. 15 August 1994. Retrieved 14 October 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Japan's new cabinet lineup". Japan Policy & Politics. 3 August 1998. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Japan to see US$14.6 billion net tax cut". China Daily (Tokyo). 13 December 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2013.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Sohei Miyashita, a former Minister of Health and Welfare death". Uzuzu. Retrieved 14 October 2013.