Aiko Shimajiri (島尻 安伊子 Shimajiri Aiko?, born March 4, 1965) is a Japanese politician, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature)  who was elected for the first time in 2007 and re-elected in 2010 in Okinawa Prefecture constituency. Shimajiri was appointed the Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs in the cabinet reshuffle on October 7, 2015, and is one of 3 women serving in Shinzo Abe's cabinet.
In an interview following her appointment as the minister of state, Shimajiri stated that she will not deal with issues regarding the construction of new U.S. military facilities in Okinawa.
Shimajiri lost her Diet seat to former Ginowan, Okinawa mayor Yoichi Iha, a critic of the US military presence in Okinawa supported by a coalition of opposition parties, in the Japanese House of Councillors election, 2016. This was viewed by some analysts as a setback for the proposed relocation of Futenma.
- Johnston, Eric (10 July 2016). "Okinawan minister Shimajiri ousted from Upper House by former Ginowan mayor". The Japan Times. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- 政治家情報 〜島尻 あい子〜. ザ･選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-13. External link in
- [shimajiriaiko.ti-da.net/ Official website] in Japanese.
- House of Councillors of Japan website
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