Takeo Kawamura (politician)

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Takeo Kawamura (河村 建夫 Kawamura Takeo?, born November 10, 1942) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

Political career[edit]

A native of Hagi, Yamaguchi and graduate of Keio University, he worked at Seibu Oil from 1967 to 1976. After having served for four terms in the assembly of Yamaguchi Prefecture since 1976, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990.

Kawamura served for a time as Minister of Education, Science and Technology. In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, appointed on 24 September 2008, Kawamura was appointed as Chief Cabinet Secretary.[1] He also served as Minister of State for Abduction issue in the Aso Cabinet, and as Chairman of the LDP's Election Strategy Committee[2]

Historical revisionism[edit]

Affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[3] Kawamura was part of the Committee on History and Screening formed in 1993 stating that Imperial forces only waged wars of liberation and self-defense, that the Nanking Massacre and the sexual slavery system known under the 'Comfort women' euphemism were fabrications, and that textbook revisions were needed.[4]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.
  2. ^ Takeo Kawamura profile on LDP's website - retrieved Nov 18, 2014
  3. ^ Nippon Kaigi website
  4. ^ "Nationalisms in Japan" p.139 - edited by Naoko Shimazu - Routledge 2006

External links[edit]

House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Multi-member constituency
Representative for Yamaguchi's 1st District (multi-member)
1990–1996
District eliminated
New creation Representative for Yamaguchi's 3rd District
1996 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Nobutaka Machimura
Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Hirofumi Hirano
Preceded by
Atsuko Tōyama
Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Japan
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Nariaki Nakayama