Takashi Suzuki (politician)

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Takashi Suzuki (鈴木 隆 Suzuki Takashi?, 1882 - 1978) was a Japanese speculator-turned politician.

Born to a peasant family in Chiba Prefecture, Suzuki became an elementary school teacher after graduating from a normal school. His uncle's success in the booming stock market during the Russo-Japanese War interested him in equity investment. He left teaching to become a market speculator at age 28. In the market crash of 1920, he earned approximately three million yen by short-selling of stocks, when the average monthly salary for college graduates was no more than forty yen.[1]

Suzuki successfully ran for the Lower House election in 1920. Backed by the Rikken Seiyūkai, he was reelected for five consecutive terms.


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  1. ^ Amano, Ikuo (1978). 旧制専門学校 (in Japanese). Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun. p. 154.