Eriko Yamatani

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Eriko Yamatani
山谷 えり子
a member of the House of Representatives
In office
June 2000 – November 2003
a member of the House of Councillors
Assumed office
July 2004
Special Adviser to the Prime Minister for Education Reform
In office
September 26, 2006 – September 26, 2007
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission
Minister of State for Disaster Management
In office
September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Keiji Furuya
Succeeded by Tarō Kōno
Minister in charge of Ocean Policy and Territorial Issues
In office
September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Ichita Yamamoto
Succeeded by Aiko Shimajiri
Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue
Minister in charge of Building National Resilience
In office
September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Keiji Furuya
Succeeded by Katsunobu Katō
Personal details
Born (1950-09-19) 19 September 1950 (age 66)
Musashino, Tokyo, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater University of the Sacred Heart
Occupation Politician
Religion Roman Catholic Church

Eriko Yamatani (山谷 えり子 Yamatani Eriko?, born September 19, 1950) is a Japanese politician. Her name in official documents is Eriko Ogawa (小川恵里子 Ogawa Eriko?).[1]

Born in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan. Her father was a Sankei Shimbun newspaper reporter. She spent her childhood in Fukui city, where her wealthy family ran the geisha ryokan Beniya at Awara Onsen. Later her father was defeated in the general election, and, heavily in debt, the Yamatani family left Fukui for Tokyo. She graduated from the University of the Sacred Heart (a Catholic university in Tokyo) with the Bachelor of Letters degree in March 1973. She worked in the United States for a publishing company. She became the editor-in-chief of Sankei Living Shimbun in 1985 and became known as an essayist and television personality.

In 1989 Yamatani ran for a seat in the House of Councillors as a Democratic Socialist Party candidate, but was defeated.

In June 2000, she was elected to the Diet of Japan on the Democratic Party of Japan (now Democratic Party (Japan)) ticket as a proportional representative. She left the party in 2002 to join the New Conservative Party.[2] Though she had planned to run for the seat representing the Tokyo 3rd district in 2003, the emergence of Hirotaka Ishihara, son of Governor Shintaro Ishihara, forced her to run from the 4th district, where she was defeated. She then returned to the Diet as a proportional representative of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2004.

Yamatani is a vocal opponent of "gender-free education" and of sex education in home economics textbooks and other parts of the school curriculum.

Affiliated to the openly revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi,[3] she is also a supporter of Japan's territorial claims and has called for special legislation to restrict land sales to foreigners on Tsushima Island and to implement measures to boost its local economy without having to depend heavily on South Korean tourists. Koreans own about 0.007 percent of the land on Tsushima.[4]

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