Takeo Hiranuma

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Takeo Hiranuma
平沼 赳夫
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Member of the House of Representatives
Personal details
Born (1939-08-03) 3 August 1939 (age 74)
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Political party Japan Restoration Party
Other political
affiliations
Sunrise Party (until 2012)
Spouse(s) Masako Hiranuma
Children Keiichiro
Shoujiro
Hiroko
Alma mater Keio University
Religion Shinto
Website http://www.hiranuma.org/

Takeo Hiranuma (平沼 赳夫 Hiranuma Takeo, born 3 August 1939 in Shibuya, Tokyo) is a Japanese politician.

Basic biography[edit]

Takeo Hiranuma was adopted by his maternal great-uncle, the younger brother of his grandfather Kiichirō Hiranuma, with his father and mother (all family together). Kiichirō Hiranuma was Prime Minister of Japan until 30 August 1939, and, had no wife nor biological children.

Hiranuma attended Keio University and worked in the private sector for eleven years until moving to served as an aide for Ichiro Nakagawa and Eisaku Satō. He then ran for a seat in the House of Representatives twice and failed, until he was finally elected in 1980 as a member of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party.

Political career[edit]

Hiranuma served as vice minister for the ministry of finance in 1987 and minister of transport in 1995.

Hiranuma was made minister of international trade and industry in July 2000.[1] His portfolio changed when the ministry was renamed as ministry of economy, trade, and industry in January 2001.[1] Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reappointed him as minister of economy, trade, and industry in April 2001.[1] Hiranuma retained his post in the cabinet reshuffle of September 2002, becoming the longest-serving trade minister of Japan in postwar period.[1] He was fired in August 2005 when Hiranuma refused to support the Prime Minister's plans to privatize Japan Post. He was not endorsed by the Liberal Democratic Party in the 11 September 2005 election, but he was nonetheless reelected.

On 10 April 2010, he and several other politicians established a new political party, the Sunrise Party of Japan.

Controversial statements[edit]

On 1 February 2006, he invoked controversy[citation needed] by arguing against the proposed imperial reform bill on the grounds that Princess Aiko could potentially marry and have children with a "blue-eyed foreigner" in the future.[2][3]

During a speech on 17 January 2009 in the city of Okayama, Hiranuma criticized diet member Renhou Murata's support of budget cuts to Japan's supercomputer program by insinuating that she may not have Japan's best interests at heart because she is a naturalized Japanese.[4]

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