Jin Murai

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Jin Murai
村井 仁
Governor of Nagano Prefecture
In office
1 September 2006 – 31 August 2010
Preceded by Yasuo Tanaka
Succeeded by Shuichi Abe
House of Representatives
In office
November 2003 – 8 August 2005
House of Representatives
In office
October 1996 – November 2003
Preceded by (district created)
Succeeded by Mitsu Shimojo
House of Representatives
In office
8 July 1986 – October 1996
Preceded by Dai Shiojima
Succeeded by (district abolished)
Personal details
Born (1937-03-28) March 28, 1937 (age 80)
Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Japan Renewal Party
New Frontier Party
Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Tokyo

Jin Murai (村井 仁, Murai Jin, born 28 March 1937) is a former governor of Nagano Prefecture in Japan. After growing up in Matsumoto, Nagano, he graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1959 and entered the Ministry of International Trade and Industry upon graduation. In 1986 he was elected to the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) for the first time. He served six consecutive terms as a member for Nagano No.4 district (1986–1996), Nagano No.2 district (1996–2003) and the national proportional representation block (2003–2005).

Whilst in the Diet he served in various ministerial roles, including as Minister of State for Food Safety, Minister of State for Disaster Management and Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission. In July 2005 he voted against the government's postal reform legislation and subsequently lost the support of the Liberal Democratic Party. He did not nominate to contest the September 2005 general election. In the following year he was elected governor of Nagano Prefecture and served one term.


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