Toshio Kimura

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Toshio Kimura
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka
Preceded by Masayoshi Ohira
Succeeded by Kiichi Miyazawa
Personal details
Born 1909
Died 1 December 1983 (aged 74)
Political party Liberal Democratic Party

Toshio Kimura (1909 – 1983) was a Japanese politician who served as foreign minister for six months in 1974.

Early life[edit]

Kimura was born into a politically active family in 1909.[1] His father and grandfather were both lawmakers.[2]


Kimura was elected to the House of Representatives for 12 times as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).[2] In addition, he served as chief cabinet secretary in the cabinet of then prime minister Eisaku Sato.[2] He was also chairman of the Parliamentarians' League for Japan-Palestine Friendship.[2] He organized late Yasser Arafat's visit to Japan in 1981.[3]

His other posts include director-general of the economic planning agency and deputy chief cabinet secretary. In 1971, Kimura served as acting foreign minister.[4] He was appointed foreign minister by then prime minister Kakuei Tanaka in mid-July 1974, replacing Masayoshi Ohira.[5] Kimura was in office for six months in 1974.[2] Kimura visited Africa in late October and early November 1974, which was a beginning of cooperation between African countries and Japan.[6][7] He was the first senior Japanese government official to visit African countries.[8] His Africa visit included Ghana, Nigeria, Zaire [now the Democratic Republic of the Congo], Tanzania, and Egypt.[7][9] Then Kimura became head of the LDP's Asian-African Studies Group in 1977.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kimura was married and had a daughter.[2]


Kimura died of a heart attack at a hospital in Tokyo on 1 December 1983. He was 74.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Toshio Kimura Dies; Former Tokyo Official". The New York Times (Tokyo). AP. 3 December 1983. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Toshio Kimura". Toledo Blade. 1 December 1983. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Jacob Bercovitch, Kwei-Bo Huang, Chung-Chian Teng. Conflict management, security and intervention in East Asia: third-party mediation in regional conflict. Routledge. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-134-14102-9. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tanaka reshuffles Japanese cabinet". Daytona Beach Morning (Tokyo). AP. 17 July 1974. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chapter 2. Diplomatic Efforts Made by Japan". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Hideo, Oda (Winter 2002). "Japan-Africa Relations in the Twenty-first Century". Gaiko Forum: 42–46. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Murray, Geoffrey (30 March 1981). "'Independent' Japan begins to build better ties with black Africa". The CS Monitor. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Jun Morikawa (1997). Japan and Africa: Big Business and Diplomacy. Hurst. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-85065-141-3. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Sueo Sudō (1992). The Fukuda Doctrine and ASEAN: New Dimensions in Japanese Foreign Policy. Institute of Southeast Asian. p. 124. ISBN 978-981-3016-14-9. Retrieved 5 January 2013.