Knock Yokoyama

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Knock Yokoyama
横山 ノック
Governor of Osaka Prefecture
In office
23 April 1995 – 22 December 1999
Preceded by Kazuo Nakagawa
Succeeded by Fusae Ohta
Personal details
Born 山田 勇 (Yamada Isamu)
(1932-01-30)January 30, 1932
Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan
Died May 3, 2007(2007-05-03) (aged 75)
Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan
Nationality  Japanese

Knock Yokoyama (横山 ノック, Yokoyama Nokku, January 30, 1932 – May 3, 2007) was a Japanese comedian and politician.

Born Isamu Yamada (山田勇 Yamada Isamu) in Kobe, he adopted his current stage name while directing the Manga Trio manzai troupe from 1959 to 1968. Following his comedy years, he went into the construction industry and served as a director at several major construction firms in the Kansai region.

He became governor of Osaka prefecture in 1995, running as an independent and joining the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) after his election. He enjoyed great popularity as governor, mostly due to his existing fame as a comedian.

In 2000, a 21-year-old campaign volunteer accused Yokoyama of sexual harassment, claiming that the governor groped her for 30 minutes in the back of a campaign truck. Yokoyama denied the charges, but the Osaka District Court found him liable for ¥11 million in damages, following a highly publicized trial in which the plaintiff testified from behind an opaque screen to avoid revealing her identity. Following the judgment, Yokoyama resigned: he was replaced by a female LDP bureaucrat, Fusae Ohta.

Preceded by
Kazuo Nakagawa
Governor of Osaka Prefecture
April 1995 – December 1999
Succeeded by
Fusae Ohta

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