Kōji Omi

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Koji Omi
Koji Omi Martin Varsavsky.jpg
Koji Omi with Martín Varsavsky at STS in Kyoto
Minister of Finance
In office
26 September 2006 – 26 September 2007
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Preceded by Sadakazu Tanigaki
Succeeded by Fukushiro Nukaga
Head of the Economic Planning Agency
In office
Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
Preceded by Taro Aso
Succeeded by Taichi Sakaiya
Personal details
Born (1932-12-14) 14 December 1932 (age 85)
Numata, Gunma, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Hitotsubashi University

Kōji Omi (尾身 幸次, Omi Kōji, born 14 December 1932) is a Japanese politician who served as Minister of Finance in the first Cabinet of Shinzō Abe, from 2006 to 2007.

Omi was born in Numata, Gunma Prefecture and graduated with a degree in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University. He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and later served as consul general of Japan in New York City and as Director of the Small Business Administration. He resigned from the bureaucracy in 1982 to run for office, and was elected to the Diet of Japan in 1983.[citation needed]

Omi was appointed as Director of the Economic Planning Agency in 1997 and briefly as a state minister under Junichiro Koizumi in 2001. He was on a mission to the United States during the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was Minister of Science and Technology 2001–2002. He was appointed Minister of Finance on 26 September 2006.[citation needed]He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by the University of Cambodia in 2007[1] and by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in 2018[2].

Omi has previously supported increases in the national consumption tax, although Abe has distanced himself from this policy and seeks to achieve much of his budget balancing through spending cuts.[3]


Founder and Chairman, Science and Technology in Society Forum[4]


  1. ^ "Welcome to The University of Cambodia (UC)". uc.edu.kh. Retrieved 2018-05-10. 
  2. ^ https://www.oist.jp/news-center/media-links/14-students-awarded-phd-oist-first-graduation-ceremony
  3. ^ Japan's Abe Unexpectedly Names Omi Finance Minister, Bloomberg.com, 26 September 2006.
  4. ^ Omi, Koji (22 December 2014). "Constructing a Global Science Forum". Science & Diplomacy. 3 (4). Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Tarō Asō
Head of the Economic Planning Agency
Succeeded by
Taichi Sakaiya
Preceded by
Takashi Sasagawa
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy
Succeeded by
Hiroyuki Hosoda
Preceded by
Ryutaro Hashimoto
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
Preceded by
Sadakazu Tanigaki
Minister of Finance of Japan
Succeeded by
Fukushiro Nukaga
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Shosuke Miyachi
Chair, Financial Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of Japan
Succeeded by
Fumio Kyūma