Ikko Nakatsuka

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Ikko Nakatsuka
State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy
In office
1 October 2012 – 26 December 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Preceded by Tadahiro Matsushita
Succeeded by Taro Aso
Personal details
Born (1965-04-04) 4 April 1965 (age 51)
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Political party Democratic Party of Japan
Alma mater Kyoto University
Website Official website

Ikko Nakatsuka (born 4 April 1965) is a Japanese politician, member of Democratic Party of Japan and former minister of state.

Early life and education[edit]

Nakatsuka was born in Kyoto Prefecture on 4 April 1965.[1] He graduated with an engineering degree from Kyoto University in March 1990.[2]


Nakatsuka began his political career in the now-disestablished Shinshinto (New Frontier Party).[3] Next, he served as a policy staffer of the defunct Liberal Party established by Ichiro Ozawa.[4] He later joined the Democratic Party of Japan in 2003.[3] He has been serving as the party's vice secretary general and deputy policy chief since then.[3]

He served three times in the Japanese House of Representatives.[5] He was first elected in 2000.[1] In 2003, he was secondly elected to the house and appointed vice minister of economic and fiscal policy, finance.[1] In 2009, he was again elected. In September 2011, he became senior vice minister of cabinet affairs.[1][6] He served as senior vice minister responsible for the financial issues at the Cabinet Office until October 2012.[7] Nakatsuta was appointed state minister for economic and fiscal policy in the Noda Cabinet on 1 October 2012.[8][9][10] His term ended on 26 December 2012. Nakatsuka also lost his seat in the 2012 general elections.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Nakatsuta is married and has two children.[12] He was lead singer in a band and participated in volunteer work during his university years.[3]


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  2. ^ "Ikko Nakatsuka". Kantei. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Noda Cabinet". Japan Times. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profiles of ten new ministers in Noda's Reshuffled Cabinet". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ikko Nakatsuka". Democratic Party of Japan. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Japan's Noda appoints 22 senior vice ministers, eyeing party unity". Japan Policy & Politics. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "New Cabinet faces tough issues / Social security, other economic problems top new finance chief's agenda". Daily Yomiuri Online. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mitsui, Nakatsuka to Join Noda's Reshuffled Cabinet". Jiji Press. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "List of Ministers". Kantei. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Noda adds new faces to Cabinet". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Inagaki, Kana (17 December 2012). "Japanese Election: The Biggest Losers". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ikko Nakatsuta". Global Leadership Project. Retrieved 4 October 2012.