Kawada Koichiro

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Kawada.
Kawada Koichiro
Kawada Koichiro BOJ3.jpg
3rd Governor of the Bank of Japan
In office
September 3, 1889 – November 7, 1896
Monarch Meiji
Prime Minister Kuroda Kiyotaka
Sanjō Sanetomi
Yamagata Aritomo
Matsukata Masayoshi
Itō Hirobumi
Preceded by Tomita Tetsunosuke
Succeeded by Iwasaki Yanosuke

Kawada Koichiro (川田小一郎?, October 4, 1836 – November 7, 1896) was a Japanese businessman, central banker and the 3rd Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ). He was created a Baron; and he was a member of Japan's House of Peers.

Early life[edit]

Kawada was born in Kōchi Prefecture.[1]


Kawada's career was closely associated with Iwasaki Yatarō, the founder of Mitsubishi;[2] and he was a key figure in the development of Mitsubishi's management structure.[3] He also played a key role in the early years of Nippon Yusen (NYK).[4]

Kawada was Governor of the Bank of Japan from September 3, 1889 – November 7, 1896.[5]



  • Wray, William D. (1984). Mitsubishi and the N.Y.K., 1870-1914: Business Strategy in the Japanese Shipping Industry. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674576650; OCLC 10825248
Government offices
Preceded by
Tomita Tetsunosuke
Governor of the Bank of Japan
Succeeded by
Iwasaki Yanosuke