Shin Kanemaru

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Shin Kanemaru
金丸 信
Director-General of the Japan Defense Agency
In office
28 November 1977 – 7 December 1978
Prime MinisterTakeo Fukuda
Preceded byAsao Mihara
Succeeded byGanri Yamashita
Personal details
Born(1914-09-17)17 September 1914
Suwa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Empire of Japan
Died28 March 1996(1996-03-28) (aged 81)
Yamanashi, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materTokyo University of Agriculture
Military service
Allegiance Japan
Branch/service Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service1938
Unit2nd Company, Telegraph Triple Corps, Kwantung Army

Shin Kanemaru (金丸 信 Kanemaru Shin), 17 September 1914 – 28 March 1996) was a Japanese politician who was a significant figure in the political arena of Japan from the 1970s to the early 1990s.[1] He was also Director General of the Japan Defense Agency from 1977 to 1978.


Kanemaru was born in Suwa village (now Minami-arupusu city), Yamanashi Prefecture on 17 September 1914.[2] He began his studies at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and became a teacher upon graduation. He was conscripted into the army and served briefly in the Kwantung Army as a sergeant from 1937 to 1938 and discharged shortly due to illness and return to Japan.[3] Post military service he entered into the sake brewing business and later involved in concrete and souvenir businesses.[3] He was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and member of the faction of Noboru Takeshita. In 1992, he was indicted in the Sagawa Kyubin corruption scandal. He was charged with evading taxes on payments he had received from construction companies that were seeking political influence. He resigned and was arrested on 13 March 1993 after authorities found at least $51 million in bearer bonds and hundreds of pounds of gold stored at his home.[4]

Kanemaru died in Yamanashi on 28 March 1996 at the age of 81.[2]

His has a son named Shingo Kanemaru.[5]


  1. ^ Uldis Kruze (January 2015). Shin Kanemaru and the Tragedy of Japan's Political System. Palgrave Pivot. ISBN 9781137457363. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Shin Kanemaru". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
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  4. ^ John E. Woodruff (10 March 1993). "Fallen politician in Japan had amassed $51 million". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Japanese delegation arrives in N. Korea". Yonhap News Agency. September 14, 2019. Archived from the original on September 14, 2019.


House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Kazuo Horiuchi, Toyohira Hagino, Shinichi Kobayashi, Takuo Furuya, Tsuneo Uchida (1955 general election)
Representative for Yamanashi At-large district
Served alongside: Kunio Tanabe, Eiichi Nakao, Mitsuo Horiuchi, Toshimasa Ueda, et al.
Succeeded by
Kunio Tanabe, Toshimasa Ueda, Azuma Koshiishi, Eiichi Nakao (until 1993 general election)
Political offices
Preceded by
Masayoshi Ito
Deputy Prime Minister of Japan
Succeeded by
Kiichi Miyazawa
Preceded by
Asao Mihara
Director-General of the Japan Defense Agency
Succeeded by
Ganri Yamashita
Preceded by
Hyosuke Niwa
Director-General of the National Land Agency
Succeeded by
Kosei Amano
Preceded by
Takeo Kimura
Minister of Construction
Succeeded by
Takao Kameoka
Party political offices
Preceded by
Susumu Nikaido
Vice-President of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Keizō Obuchi
Preceded by
Rokusuke Tanaka
Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Noboru Takeshita
Preceded by
Kichizō Hosoda
Chairman of the Executive Council, Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Kiichi Miyazawa
Preceded by
Asao Mihara
Chairman of the Diet Policy Committee, Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Kichisō Tazawa
Preceded by
Toshio Tsukahara
Chairman of the Diet Policy Committee, Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Ken Harada