Kazuhiro Haraguchi

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Kazuhiro Haraguchi
原口 一博
Kazuhiro Haraguchi.jpg
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
In office
16 September 2009 – 17 September 2010
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
Naoto Kan
Preceded by Tsutomu Sato
Succeeded by Yoshihiro Katayama
Personal details
Born (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 57)
Saga, Japan
Political party Democratic Party (1998–present)
Other political
affiliations
Liberal Democratic Party (Before 1993)
Independent (1993–1996)
New Frontier Party (1996–1998)
Alma mater University of Tokyo

Kazuhiro Haraguchi (原口 一博 Haraguchi Kazuhiro?, born July 2, 1959) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

Career[edit]

A native of Saga, Saga and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he was elected to the assembly of Saga Prefecture (District #1) for the first time in 1987 as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, serving there for two times. In 1996 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Saga's 1st district for the first time as a member of the New Frontier Party (Shinshinto) after running unsuccessfully in 1993 as an independent. He switched to the DPJ in 1998. He was Minister of Internal Affairs from 2009 to 2010, in Yukio Hatoyama and Naoto Kan's Cabinets.

Haraguchi studied Psychology at the University of Tokyo and attended the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management. He often appears on television in which he discusses tax, pension, and decentralization issues.[1]

In the 2012 general election Haraguchi lost his single-seat electorate but retained a seat in the diet through the proportional representation system.[2]

Positions[edit]

Haraguchi is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[3] and a member of the association of parliamentarians promoting visits to the controversial Yasukuni shrine"[4]

Haraguchi gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parlementarians in 2012:[5]

  • in favor of the revision of the Constitution
  • in favor of right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
  • in favor of reform of the National assembly (unicameral instead of bicameral)
  • in favor of zero nuclear power by 2030s
  • in favor of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Okinawa)
  • in favor of the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage
  • against participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • against a nuclear-armed Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan Times, "Cabinet Profiles: Kan's lineup", June 9, 2010, p. 4.
  2. ^ Japan Times Nothing left for the election-gutted DPJ to do but rebuild December 18, 2012
  3. ^ Nippon Kaigi website – among the 86 parliamentarians attending a March 7, 2006 meeting : nipponkaigi.org/activity/archives/997
  4. ^ みんなで靖国神社に参拝する国会議員の会" - senkyomae.com
  5. ^ Mainichi 2012: senkyo.mainichi.jp/46shu/kaihyo_area_meikan.html?mid=A41001001001

External links[edit]

House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
New district
Takanori Sakai
Takamaro Fukuoka
Representative for Saga's 1st district
1996–2000
2003–2005
2009–present
Succeeded by
Takanori Sakai
Takamaro Fukuoka
Incumbent
Preceded by
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Representative for the Kyūshū proportional representation block
2000–2003
2005–2009
Succeeded by
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Political offices
Preceded by
Tsutomu Sato
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Yoshihiro Katayama
New office Minister of State for Promotion of Local Sovereignty
2009–2010