|Committee of Health, Labour and Welfare|
September 11, 2005 – July 21, 2009
|Constituency||Minami-Kantō (South Kantō)|
August 13, 1979 |
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Aya Kazama (former office worker)|
Taizō Sugimura (杉村 太蔵 Sugimura Taizō?, born August 13, 1979) is a Japanese politician and a member of the Diet of Japan, representing the Liberal Democratic Party until 2009. He ran in House of Councillors election in 2010 as a proportional candidate of the Sunrise Party of Japan.
Sugimura became the youngest member of the House of Representatives after the September 11, 2005 general election. He was not expected to win a seat, as he had been placed in 35th position on the LDP's proportional representation ticket for the Minami-Kanto bloc.
He first came to media attention for his excitement at the prospect of the range of perks available for elected politicians, including high class restaurants, first class travel on the Shinkansen, and being able to afford a BMW. Sugimura was reprimanded by LDP executives for his comments, and publicly apologised at a news conference on September 27, 2005 saying they had been "immature and irresponsible".
Sugimura announced his engagement with Aya Kazama (風間文?) on March 14, 2006 and their daughter was born on April 4, 2007.
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