Genjirō Kaneko

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Genjirō Kaneko
金子 原二郎
House of Councillors
Assumed office
26 July 2010
Preceded byTadashi Inuzuka
ConstituencyNagasaki At-large district
Governor of Nagasaki Prefecture
In office
2 March 1998 – 1 March 2010
Preceded byIsamu Takada
Succeeded byHōdō Nakamura
House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byIwazō Kaneko
Succeeded byDaisuke Miyajima
ConstituencyNagasaki No.4 District (Nagasaki No.2 District until 1996)
Nagasaki Prefectural Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1944-05-08) May 8, 1944 (age 74)
Ikitsuki, Nagasaki, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materKeio University

Genjirō Kaneko (金子 原二郎, Kaneko Genjirō, born May 8, 1944) is a Japanese politician and member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He has represented the Nagasaki At-large district in the House of Councillors of the national Diet since his election in the July 2010 Councillors election. Kaneko is a native of Ikitsuki, Nagasaki and graduate of Keio University.

Kaneko first entered public office as a member of the Nagasaki Prefectural Assembly in 1975. He resigned during his third term in the assembly in 1983 to contest the national House of Representatives seat that was held at that time by his father Iwazō Kaneko. Genjiro came second in the Nagasaki No.2 district at the December 1983 general election, claiming one of the four seats represented by the district. Iwazō died at the age of 79 on 27 December 1983, 9 days after his son's election victory.

Kaneko retained his seat in the No.2 district at subsequent elections in 1986, 1990 and 1993. Following the electoral reforms of 1994, he became the member for the single-seat Nagasaki No.4 district at the 1996 general election. In 1998, during his 5th term in the House of Representatives, Kaneko resigned from the house to contest the Nagasaki gubernatorial election.

Kaneko served as the governor of Nagasaki Prefecture for three terms from 1998 until 2010. He chose not to seek a fourth term and publicly endorsed his deputy Hōdō Nakamura at the February 2010 gubernatorial election . Nakamura defeated Tsuyoshi Hashimoto, who had the endorsement of the Democratic, Social Democratic and People's New parties.


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House of Councillors
Preceded by
Tadashi Inuzuka
Councillor for Nagasaki
Political offices
Preceded by
Isamu Takada
Governor of Nagasaki
Succeeded by
Hōdō Nakamura
House of Representatives of Japan
New district Representative for Nagasaki 4th district
Title next held by
Daisuke Miyajima
Preceded by
Masashi Ishibashi
Kōkai Nakamura
Nikichi Shirahama
Iwazō Kaneko
Representative for Nagasaki 2nd district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Masahiko Yamada, Kazuo Torashima, ...
District eliminated