Minister of Finance (Japan)

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The Minister of Finance (財務大臣 Zaimu Daijin?) is the member of the Cabinet of Japan in charge of the Ministry of Finance. This position was formerly cited as being Japan's most powerful and one of the world's, because Japan had historically held the largest foreign exchange reserves. It seems that title has been passed to Bank of Japan governors, due to Japan's position as the world's largest and lowest rate creditor.

Until 2001, the position was known in Japanese literally as "Treasury Minister" (大藏大臣 (Ōkura Daijin?)), but the English name was "Minister of Finance" both before and after the name change in Japanese.

List of ministers[edit]

# Name Took office Left office
20th century
1 Watanabe Kunitake 1900 1901
2 Saionji Kinmochi 1901 1901
3 Sone Arasuke 1901 1906
4 Yoshiro Sakatani 1906 1908
5 Masahisa Matsuda 1908 1908
6 Katsura Tarō 1908 1911
7 Yamamoto Tatsuo 1911 1912
8 Wakatsuki Reijirō
(1st)
1912 1913
9 Takahashi Korekiyo
(1st)
1913 1914
8 Wakatsuki Reijirō
(2nd)
1914 1915
10 Taketomi Tokitoshi 1915 1916
11 Terauchi Masatake 1916 1916
12 Kazue Shōda
(1st)
1916 1918
9 Takahashi Korekiyo
(2nd)
1918 1922
13 Otohiko Ichiki 1922 1923
14 Junnosuke Inoue
(1st)
1923 1924
12 Kazue Shōda
(2nd)
1924 1924
15 Osachi Hamaguchi 1924 1925
16 Seiji Hayami 1925 1925
17 Kataoka Naoharu 1925 1927
9 Takahashi Korekiyo
(3rd)
1927 1927
18 Chuzo Mitsuchi 1927 1929
14 Junnosuke Inoue
(2nd)
1929 1931
9 Takahashi Korekiyo
(4th)
1931 1934
19 Sadanobu Fujii 1934 1934
9 Takahashi Korekiyo
(5th)
1934 1936
20 Machida Chūji 1936 1936
21 Eiichi Baba 1936 1937
22 Toyotaro Yuki[1] 1937 1937
23 Okinori Kaya
(1st)
1937 1938
24 Shigeaki Ikeda 1938 1939
25 Sotaro Ishiwata
(1st)
1939 1939
26 Kazuo Aoki 1939 1940
27 Yukio Sakurauchi 1940 1940
28 Isao Kawada 1940 1941
29 Masatsune Ogura 1941 1941
23 Okinori Kaya
(2nd)
1941 1944
25 Sotaro Ishiwata
(2nd)
1944 1945
30 Juichi Tsushima 1945 1945
31 Keizō Shibusawa 1945 1946
32 Tanzan Ishibashi 1946 1947
33 Shōtarō Yano 1947 1947
34 Takeo Kurusu 1947 1948
35 Tokutarō Kitamura 1948 1948
36 Sanroku Izumiyama 1948 1948
37 Shinzō Ōya
Interim
1948 1949
38 Hayato Ikeda
(1st)
1949 1952
39 Tadaharu Mukai 1952 1953
40 Sankurō Ogasawara 1953 1954
41 Hisato Ichimada
(1st)
1954 1956
38 Hayato Ikeda
(2nd)
1956 1957
41 Hisato Ichimada
(2nd)
1957 1958
42 Eisaku Satō 1958 1960
43 Mikio Mizuta
(1st)
1960 1962
44 Kakuei Tanaka 1962 1965
45 Takeo Fukuda
(1st)
1965 1966
43 Mikio Mizuta
(2nd)
1966 1968
45 Takeo Fukuda
(2nd)
1968 1971
43 Mikio Mizuta
(3rd)
1971 1971
46 Koshiro Ueki 1971 1972
47 Kiichi Aichi 1972 1973
45 Takeo Fukuda
(3rd)
1973 1974
48 Masayoshi Ōhira 1974 1976
49 Hideo Bō 1976 1977
50 Tatsuo Murayama
(1st)
1977 1978
51 Ippei Kaneko 1978 1979
52 Noboru Takeshita
(1st)
1979 1980
53 Michio Watanabe 1980 1982
52 Noboru Takeshita
(2nd)
1982 1986
54 Kiichi Miyazawa
(1st)
1986 1988
50 Tatsuo Murayama
(2nd)
1988 1989
55 Ryutaro Hashimoto 1989 1991
56 Tsutomu Hata 1991 1992
57 Yoshirō Hayashi 1992 1993
58 Hirohisa Fujii
(1st)
1993 1994
59 Masayoshi Takemura 1994 1996
60 Wataru Kubo 1996 1996
61 Hiroshi Mitsuzuka 1996 1998
62 Hikaru Matsunaga 1998 1998
54 Kiichi Miyazawa
(2nd)
1998 2001
21st century
63 Masajuro Shiokawa 2001 2003
64 Sadakazu Tanigaki 2003 2006
65 Koji Omi 2006 2007
66 Fukushiro Nukaga 2007 2008
67 Bunmei Ibuki 2008 2008
68 Shōichi Nakagawa 2008 2009
69 Kaoru Yosano 2009 2009
58 Hirohisa Fujii
(2nd)
2009 2010
71 Naoto Kan 2010 2010
72 Yoshihiko Noda 2010 2011
73 Jun Azumi 2011 2012
74 Koriki Jojima[2] 2012 2012
75 Tarō Asō 2012 present

Notes[edit]

Before 2001 The title minister of finance from Japanese language is Minister of Finance (大蔵大臣 Ōkura-daijin?).Since 2001 The title minister of finance from Japanese language is Minister of Finance (財務大臣 Zaimu-daijin?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fuji Ginkō. (1967). Banking in modern Japan, p. 125.
  2. ^ [1]