Kazuo Hatoyama

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Hatoyama.
Kazuo Hatoyama

Kazuo Hatoyama (鳩山 和夫 Hatoyama Kazuo?, May 6, 1856 – October 3, 1911) was the patriarchal head of the prominent Japanese Hatoyama political family which has been called "Japan's Kennedy family."[1]

Kazuo was a graduate of Columbia University and Yale University Law School.[2]


Main article: Hatoyama family

His wife, Haruko Hatoyama, was a co-founder of what is known today as Kyoritsu Women's University. His son is former Prime Minister Ichirō Hatoyama, who founded and was the first president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).[3] His grandson was former Foreign Minister Iichirō Hatoyama. His younger great-grandson Kunio Hatoyama served as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications under Prime Minister Taro Aso until June 12, 2009. His older great-grandson Yukio Hatoyama is the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and represents the 9th district of Hokkaidō in the House of Representatives. Yukio became Prime Minister on September 16, 2009, following a win by the opposition coalition in the 2009 elections.

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Kazuo was speaker of the House of Representatives of the Diet of Japan from 1896 to 1897 during the Meiji era.[3] He later served as the president of Waseda University.[3]


  1. ^ Suzuki, Miwa (2009-08-24). "Japan's first lady hopeful an outgoing TV lifestyle guru". Agence France-Presse. France 24. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Hatoyama Ichiro (prime minister of Japan) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Britannica.com. 1959-03-07. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Japan on the brink of a new era", Asia Times, August 29, 2009.


House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Masataka Kusumoto
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Kenkichi Kataoka
New district Representative for Tokyo's Tokyo city district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Ukichi Taguchi, Soroku Ebara, numerous others
Succeeded by
Masutarō Takagi
Preceded by
Tsugutsune Yoshino
Representative for Tokyo's 9th district
District eliminated