Hidehisa Otsuji

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Hidehisa Otsuji
尾辻 秀久
Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan
In office
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Preceded by Chikara Sakaguchi
Succeeded by Jirō Kawasaki
Personal details
Born (1940-10-02) 2 October 1940 (age 75)
Kaseda, Japan
Alma mater University of Tokyo
Third Realigned Koizumi Cabinet
Secretary Shinzo Abe
Internal Affairs Heizō Takenaka
Justice Seiken Sugiura
Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
Finance Sadakazu Tanigaki
Education Kenji Kosaka
Health Jirō Kawasaki
Agriculture Shoichi Nakagawa
Economy Toshihiro Nikai
Land Kazuo Kitagawa
Environment Yuriko Koike
Defense Fukushiro Nukaga
Ministers of State Tetsuo Kutsukake, Kaoru Yosano, Koki Chuma, Iwao Matsuda, Kuniko Inoguchi

Hidehisa Otsuji (尾辻 秀久 Otsuji Hidehisa?, born October 2, 1940) was the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in the Cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi.


He was born in Kaseda City in Kagoshima Prefecture on the island of Kyūshū. His father was killed in World War II in fighting near the Solomon Islands.

Otsuji briefly attended the National Defense Academy but dropped out in 1961 after his mother died. He later attended the prestigious University of Tokyo, but again dropped out.

World travels[edit]

From his own account, Otsuji was unhappy with university education. Reflecting on his youth as en elderly politician, he noted the social unrest at the time and protests against the government of Prime Minister Kishi, and said that lectures were rarely held and there was no worthwhile education to be had. Instead, he took the time to travel the world and visited close to 80 countries over a period of five years. In 1971 he returned to Japan and officially withdrew from Tokyo University and returned to Kagoshima.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly in 1979. He was defeated in his run for the House of Representatives in 1986 but was elected to the House of Councillors in 1989.

He served as Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Management and Coordination in 1992 and became Vice Minister for Okinawa Development in 1994. He was selected to served as Vice Minister of Financial Affairs in 2003 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and became the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2004.

Otsuji is affiliated to the openly revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi.[1]

Otsuji is also the author of several books, including "Africa Travel Diary" and "Going to Bokemon World." "Bokemon" is a word from the Kagoshima dialect of Japanese meaning "recklessly strong".

House of Councillors
Preceded by
50-member district
Member of the House of Councillors by proportional representation
1989 – 2013
Succeeded by
48-member district
Preceded by
Yoshito Kajiya
Member of the House of Councillors from Kagoshima
2013 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Chikara Sakaguchi
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
Succeeded by
Jirō Kawasaki


  1. ^ Nippon Kaigi website

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