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|Member of the House of Representatives of Japan|
1999 – March 31, 2006
|Born||September 2, 1969|
|Died||January 3, 2009(aged 39)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
Nagata secured a B.S. from University of Tokyo in 1993, and then entered the Ministry of Finance. In 1995, he obtained an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Then he resigned his position in 1999 to run for the House of Representatives in Chiba Prefecture.
Nagata's career in the Diet was marked by numerous embarrassing and controversial episodes.
On November 20, 2000, Diet member Kenshiro Matsunami doused Nagata with water for suggesting that he had slept with female Diet member Chikage Ogi. Nagata later claimed he had said nothing of the sort and was actually only stating that then Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori was unfit to be the leader of his country.
On April 5, 2001, he asked questions at the main session of the Diet without written notes, opening the doors for a new level of preparedness in younger politicians who do not need to follow scripts in making speeches or during hearings, unlike their older peers.
In November 2002, a convict was killed at Nagoya Prison after being blasted with a high-pressure water hose. Nagata and others tried to prove that this was not an accident and that the officers who committed the act were, indeed, negligent by conducting a similar experiment on a mannequin. However, it was later revealed that the water pressure of the hose used in the experiment was more than ten times that of what had been used at the time of the incident, and, hence, the DPJ was later forced to apologize.
In July 2005, he accused the LDP coalition party, the New Komeito Party, of illegally moving voter registrations to Tokyo in the recent metropolitan elections. Nagata had no proof and based his statements on rumor, and the DPJ apologized to the Komeito.
In a similar incident in August 2005, Nagata accused the Komeito supporter group, the Sōka Gakkai, of not registering as a religious group. The group has been registered as such since 1952, and the group brought suit against Nagata for libel later that month.
On February 16, 2006, it was revealed that an email he was using to accuse the LDP of accepting illegal funds from the discredited Livedoor corporation was fake. When it was revealed that the email was faked by a freelance reporter and handed to Nagata, and that he had trusted the source without question, the scandal became the sole topic of news for several weeks. Nagata finally revealed his source and had his party membership suspended on February 28 for 6 months.
On January 3, 2009, Nagata committed suicide by leaping from a high-rise building. He was suffering from bipolar disorder, which fell at the time he was a Representative.