|President of the House of Councillors of Japan|
|Assumed office |
1 August 2019
|Preceded by||Chūichi Date|
|Vice President of the House of Councillors of Japan|
7 August 2007 – 30 July 2010
|Preceded by||Akira Imaizumi|
|Succeeded by||Hidehisa Otsuji|
|Member of House of Councillors|
|Assumed office |
|Constituency||National district (1974–1986)|
National PR (1986–1992)
|Born||11 May 1942|
Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
|Political party||Liberal Democratic|
|Alma mater||Bunka Gakuin|
Background and career
Santo was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1974 after working as an actress and reporter. Santo was Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Environment (Ohira Cabinet), and State Minister and Director General of Science and Technology Agency (Kaifu Cabinet, 1990–91). She became Vice President of the House of Councillors in 2007, and chaired the Joint Plenary Meeting of Party Members of Both Houses of the Diet.
The Senkaku episode
Santo played a role in the sale of 3 of the Senkaku Islands. She'd known the landowner (Kurihara family) for 30 years, and in 2011 he told her that he wanted to sell to Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (whose nationalistic book he liked), instead of to the Government and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. The later proposed land swap, the former cash, and eventually the state bought the land for $25.5 million in 2012.
- Official Gazette No. 2773, October 28, 1921
- Profile on the LDP website: jimin.jp/english/profile/members/114750.html
- "INSIGHT: Main battle over Senkaku isles waged between Ishihara, Noda Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine" - Asahi Shimbun - Sep 3, 2012
- "How debts and double-dealing sparked Japan-China islets row" - Reuters - Nov 11, 2012
- Nippon Kaigi website
- "参議院議員: 山東 昭子" (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
- Official website in Japanese.