Takashi Kawamura (politician)

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Takashi Kawamura
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Takashi Kawamura
21st Mayor of Nagoya
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Preceded by Takehisa Matsubara
Personal details
Born (1948-11-03) November 3, 1948 (age 65)
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Political party Genzei Nippon, Mirai no To
Alma mater Hitotsubashi University
Occupation Politician
Website Official website

Takashi Kawamura (河村 たかし Kawamura Takashi?, born 3 November 1948) is a Japanese politician of the Nagoya-based Genzei Nippon (減税日本 "Tax Cut Japan") party, and a former member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). Kawamura is currently serving as Mayor of Nagoya.

Biography[edit]

A native of Nagoya, Aichi and graduate of Hitotsubashi University, he was elected for the first time in 1993 as a member of Morihiro Hosokawa's Japan New Party after an unsuccessful run in 1990. He resigned from his office of a member of House of Representatives, ran for mayor of Nagoya, and was elected in April 2009.

On February 6, 2011 he won a landslide re-election victory. Voters in Nagoya gave him three times the votes of his DPJ rival. Also nearly three-quarters of voters supported a referendum to dissolve the sitting Nagoya assembly, since the mayor clashed with the assembly repeatably on issues such as devolution and cutting down the generous diets and retirement packages of assembly members to save costs for taxpayers.[1]

Controversy[edit]

On 20 February 2012, while serving as the Japanese representative of Nagoya, Mayor Takashi Kawamura made denialist statements about the Nanjing Massacre while receiving an official Chinese delegation from Nanjing.[2] The incident led to the suspension of all official exchange between the two cities of Nagoya and Nanjing on 21 February.[3]

Some Nagoya citizens oppose Takashi Kawamura's denial by organising lectures and setting a website.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Economist. Grass-roots revolt in Japan: Maverick as hell. Grass-roots revolt in Japan. February 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Wang, Chuhan (22 February 2012). "Nanjing to suspend official exchanges with Nagoya". CNTV. 
  3. ^ Wang, Chuhan (22 February 2012). "Nanjing suspends official contact with Nagoya". CNTV. 
  4. ^ Joseph Essertier and Ono Masami, David vs. Goliath: Resisting the Denial of the Nanking Massacre, Japan Focus 2014/2/21.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Takehisa Matsubara
Mayor of Nagoya
2009–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent