Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs (外務大臣 Gaimu Daijin?) of Japan is the Cabinet member responsible for Japanese foreign policy and the chief executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since the end of the American occupation of Japan, the position has been one of the most powerful in the Cabinet, as Japan's economic interests have long relied on external relations. The recent efforts of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to establish a more interventionist foreign policy have also heightened the importance of the position.

The position is currently held by Fumio Kishida.

List of ministers[edit]

  • Italics indicates subject served as Acting Foreign Minister.
  • Bold indicates subject served concurrently as Prime Minister for a period of time.

Empire of Japan (1885-1947)[edit]

# Image Name Took office Left office
1 KaoruM13.jpg Count Inoue Kaoru December 1885 September 1887
Itô Hirobumi.jpg Count Itō Hirobumi September 1887 February 1888
2 Ōkuma Shigenobu.jpg Count Ōkuma Shigenobu
(1st)
February 1888 December 1889
3 Aoki Shuzo2.jpg Viscount Aoki Shūzō
(1st)
December 1889 May 1891
4 Foreign Minister Enomoto Takeaki.jpg Viscount Enomoto Takeaki May 1891 August 1892
5 Munemitsu Mutsu 2.jpg Viscount Mutsu Munemitsu August 1892 May 1896
6 PM Kinmochi Saionji.jpg Marquis Saionji Kinmochi
(1st)
May 1896 September 1896
2 Ōkuma Shigenobu.jpg Count Ōkuma Shigenobu
(2nd)
September 1896 November 1897
7 Tokujiro Nishi.jpg Baron Nishi Tokujirō November 1897 January 1898
2 Ōkuma Shigenobu.jpg Count Ōkuma Shigenobu
(3rd)
January 1898 June 1898
3 Aoki Shuzo2.jpg Viscount Aoki Shūzō
(2nd)
June 1898 October 1900
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Katō Takaaki
(1st)
October 1900 June 1901
9 Sone Arasuke.jpg Sone Arasuke June 1901 September 1901
10 Komura Jutaro in 1905.jpg Baron Komura Jutarō
(1st)
September 1901 January 1906
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Katō Takaaki
(2nd)
January 1906 March 1906
6 PM Kinmochi Saionji.jpg Marquis Saionji Kinmochi
(2nd)
March 1906 May 1906
11 Tadasu Hayashi.png Count Hayashi Tadasu May 1906 July 1908
12 Portrait of Masatake Terauchi.jpg General Viscount Terauchi Masatake
(1st)
July 1908 August 1908
10 Komura Jutaro in 1905.jpg Marquis Komura Jutarō
(2nd)
August 1908 August 1911
13 Kosai Uchida.jpg Viscount Uchida Kosai
(1st)
August 1911 December 1912
14 11 KatsuraT.jpg Prince Katsura Tarō December 1912 January 1913
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Baron Katō Takaaki
(2nd)
January 1913 February 1913
15 Count Nobuaki Makino.jpg Baron Makino Nobuaki February 1913 April 1914
8 Takaaki Kato suit.jpg Baron Katō Takaaki
(3rd)
April 1914 August 1915
2 Shigenobu Okuma 5.jpg Count Ōkuma Shigenobu
(4th)
August 1915 October 1915
16 Kikujiro Ishii.jpg Viscount Ishii Kikujirō October 1915 October 1916
12 Portrait of Masatake Terauchi.jpg Marshal Count Terauchi Masatake
(2nd)
October 1916 November 1916
17 Ichirō Motono.jpg Viscount Motono Ichirō November 1916 April 1918
18 Shimpei Gotō.jpg Baron Gotō Shinpei April 1918 September 1918
13 Kosai Uchida.jpg Count Uchida Kosai
(2nd)
September 1918 2 September 1923
19 Yamamoto Gonnohyoe 2.jpg Admiral Count Yamamoto Gonnohyōe 2 September 1923 19 September 1923
20 Hikokichi Ijuin.jpg Baron Ijuin Hikokichi September 1923 January 1924
21 KeishiroMatsui.jpg Baron Matsui Keishirō January 1924 June 1924
22 Kijuro Shidehara.jpg Baron Kijūrō Shidehara
(1st)
June 1924 April 1927
23 Tanaka Giichi.jpg Baron Tanaka Giichi April 1927 July 1929
22 Kijuro Shidehara.jpg Baron Kijūrō Shidehara
(2nd)
July 1929 December 1931
24 Inukai Tsuyoshi.jpg Inukai Tsuyoshi December 1931 January 1932
25 Kenkichi Yoshizawa 1932.jpg Kenkichi Yoshizawa January 1932 May 1932
26 Makoto Saito 2.jpg Admiral Viscount Saitō Makoto May 1932 July 1932
13 Kosai Uchida.jpg Count Uchida Kosai
(3rd)
July 1932 September 1933
27 Kohki Hirota suit.jpg Kōki Hirota
(1st)
September 1933 March 1936
28 Hachirō Arita.jpg Hachirō Arita
(1st)
March 1936 February 1937
29 Senjuro Hayashi suit.jpg Senjuro Hayashi February 1937 March 1937
30 Naotake Sato.jpg Naotake Satō March 1937 June 1937
27 Kohki Hirota suit.jpg Kōki Hirota
(2nd)
June 1937 May 1938
31 Kazushige Ugaki 2.jpg General Kazushige Ugaki May 1938 September 1938
32 Fumimaro Konoe.jpg Prince Fumimaro Konoe September 1938 October 1938
28 Hachirō Arita.jpg Hachirō Arita
(2nd)
October 1938 January 1939
33 Nobuyuki Abe formal.jpg General Nobuyuki Abe January 1939 August 1939
34 Kichisaburo Nomura 2.jpg Admiral Kichisaburō Nomura August 1939 January 1940
28 Hachirō Arita.jpg Hachirō Arita
(3rd)
January 1940 July 1940
35 Yōsuke Matsuoka.jpg Yōsuke Matsuoka July 1940 July 1941
36 Toyoda Teijirō.JPG Admiral Teijirō Toyoda July 1941 October 1941
37 Shigenori Togo.jpg Shigenori Tōgō
(1st)
October 1941 September 1942
38 Hideki Tojo.jpg General Hideki Tōjō 1 September 1942 17 1942
39 Masayuki Tani September 1942 April 1943
40 Shigemitsu Mamoru.jpg Mamoru Shigemitsu
(1st)
April 1943 April 1945
41 Kantaro Suzuki suit cropped.jpg Admiral Baron Kantarō Suzuki April 1945 April 1945
37 Shigenori Togo.jpg Shigenori Tōgō
(2nd)
April 1945 August 1945
40 Shigemitsu Mamoru.jpg Mamoru Shigemitsu
(2nd)
August 1945 September 1945
43 Shigeru Yoshida smiling2.jpg Shigeru Yoshida
(1st)
September 1945 May 1947

State of Japan (1947-present)[edit]

# Image Name Took office Left office
Tetsu Katayama.jpg Tetsu Katayama 1947 1947
44 Hitoshi Ashida.jpg Hitoshi Ashida 1947 1948
43 Shigeru Yoshida smiling2.jpg Shigeru Yoshida
(2nd)
1948 1952
45 Katsuo Okazaki.jpg Katsuo Okazaki 1952 1954
40 Shigemitsu Mamoru.jpg Mamoru Shigemitsu
(3rd)
1954 1956
TANZAN ISHIBASHI.jpg Tanzan Ishibashi 1956 1956
46 Nobusuke Kishi Dec 14, 1956.jpg Nobusuke Kishi 1956 1957
47 Aiichiro Fujiyama.jpg Aiichiro Fujiyama 1957 1960
48 Zentaro Kosaka.jpg Zentaro Kosaka
(1st)
1960 1962
49 Masayoshi Ohira at Andrews AFB 1 Jan 1980 cropped 1.jpg Masayoshi Ōhira
(1st)
1962 1964
50 Etsuzaburo Shiina.jpg Shiina Etsusaburo 1964 1966
51 Takeo Miki-2-1.jpg Takeo Miki 1966 1968
Eisaku Sato 1960.jpg Eisaku Satō 1968 1968
52 Kiichi Aichi.jpg Kiichi Aichi 1968 1971
53 Takeo Fukuda 1977.jpg Takeo Fukuda 1971 1972
49 Masayoshi Ohira at Andrews AFB 1 Jan 1980 cropped 1.jpg Masayoshi Ōhira
(2nd)
1972 1974
54 Toshio Kimura.jpg Toshio Kimura 1974 1974
55 Kiichi.jpg Kiichi Miyazawa 1974 1976
48 Zentaro Kosaka.jpg Zentaro Kosaka
(2nd)
1976 1976
56 Iichirō Hatoyama 1976 1977
57 Sunao Sonoda, Jul. 1979 (1).jpg Sunao Sonoda
(1st)
1977 1979
58 Saburo Okita 1979 1980
59 Masayoshi Ito 1980 1981
57 Sunao Sonoda, Jul. 1979 (1).jpg Sunao Sonoda
(2nd)
1981 1981
60 Yoshio Sakurauchi 1981 1982
61 Shintarō Abe cropped.jpg Shintaro Abe 1982 1986
62 Tadashi Kuranari 1986 1987
63 Sosuke Uno 1977.png Sōsuke Uno 1987 1989
64 Hiroshi Mitsuzuka 1989 1989
65 Taro Nakayama 1989 1991
66 Michio Watanabe 1993.jpg Michio Watanabe 1991 1993
67 Kabun Muto 1993 1993
68 Tsutomu Hata 1993 1994
69 Koji Kakizawa 1994 1994
70 Yōhei Kōno cropped.jpg Yohei Kono
(1st)
1994 1996
71 Yukihiko Ikeda 1996 1997
72 Keizo Obuchi cropped 2.jpg Keizō Obuchi 1997 1998
73 Komura Masahiko 1-3.jpg Masahiko Kōmura
(1st)
1998 1999
70 Yōhei Kōno cropped.jpg Yohei Kono
(2nd)
1999 2001
74 Makiko Tanaka in Hawaii cropped.jpg Makiko Tanaka 2001 2002
75 Koizumi 2010 cropped.png Junichiro Koizumi 2002 2002
76 Yoriko Kawaguchi cropped.jpg Yoriko Kawaguchi 2002 2004
77 Machimura Nobutaka 1-2.jpg Nobutaka Machimura
(1st)
2004 2005
78 Taro Aso in World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos (cropped).jpg Tarō Asō 2005 2007
77 Machimura Nobutaka 1-2.jpg Nobutaka Machimura
(2nd)
2007 2007
73 Komura Masahiko 1-3.jpg Masahiko Kōmura
(2nd)
2007 2008
79 Hirofumi Nakasone.jpg Hirofumi Nakasone 2008 2009
80 Katsuya Okada on March 29, 2010.jpg Katsuya Okada 2009 2010
81 Maehara Crop.jpg Seiji Maehara 2010 2011
Edano Yukio 1-3.jpg Yukio Edano (acting) 2011 2011
82 Takeaki Matsumoto cropped 1 Takeaki Matsumoto and Hillary Rodham Clinton 20110429.jpg Takeaki Matsumoto 2011 2011
83 Koichiro Gemba cropped 1 Hillary Rodham Clinton and Koichiro Gemba 20110919 1.jpg Kōichirō Genba 2011 2012
84 Fumio Kishida Minister.jpg Fumio Kishida 2012 Present

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