Masashi Nakano

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Masashi Nakano
中野 正志
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Leader of the Party for Japanese Kokoro
In office
30 September 2017 – 1 November 2018
Preceded byKyoko Nakayama
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the House of Councillors
In office
July 21 2013 – July 21 2019
ConstituencyNational PR
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
November 9 2003 – 30 August 2009
Preceded byYoshinobu Takahashi
Succeeded byMiki Wajima
ConstituencyTōhoku PR
In office
20 October 1996 – 25 June 2000
Succeeded bySayuri Kamata
ConstituencyMiyagi 2nd
Member of the Miyagi Prefectural Assembly
In office
1983 – 23 July 1989
Personal details
Born (1948-02-29) February 29, 1948 (age 71)
Shiogama, Miyagi, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party (1983–2012, 2018–present)
Other political
Party for Japanese Kokoro (2014–2018)
Japan Restoration Party (2012–2014)
Sunrise Party (2012)

Masashi Nakano (中野 正志, Nakano Masashi, born 29 February 1948) is a Japanese politician and former Secretary-General of the Party for Japanese Kokoro. A native of Shiogama, Miyagi and graduate of Tohoku Gakuin University, he was first elected to the assembly of Miyagi Prefecture in 1983. During his second term as an assemblyman, he contested the national House of Councillors election in 1989 as an independent but was defeated. He was elected to the House of Representatives in the national Diet as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party in the 1996 general election, representing Miyagi District No.2. In the 2000 general election he was defeated in his district by Sayuri Kamata. In the 2003 general election he was again defeated by Kamata in Miyagi No.2, but was elected to return to the House of Representatives as a member for the Tōhoku proportional block. He retained his seat in the 2005 general election and was appointed Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in Shinzo Abe's first ministry in 2007. He contested his seat in the 2009 general election as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate and with an endorsement from the Komeito Party, but lost his seat as the LDP lost a general election for the first time since the party was formed in 1955.

Nakano contested the July 2010 House of Councillors election but was unable to win a seat in the national proportional representation block. In 2012 he was appointed as Miyagi No.2 district leader of the Sunrise Party and resigned from the LDP. Following the Sunrise Party's merger with the Japan Restoration Party in November 2012, Nakano was elected to the national proportional representation block as a JRP member in the July 2013 House of Councillors election. With JRP's split in August 2014 he joined the newly formed Party for Future Generations. He was appointed as the party's secretary-general in November 2015. In December 2015 the party changed its name to the Party for Japanese Kokoro.

In November 2018, the Party for Japanese Kokoro dissolved, and Nakano returned to the LDP.


  • 政治家情報 〜中野 正志〜. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Retrieved 2007-10-07. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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