Ritsuo Hosokawa

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Ritsuo Hosaka (細川 律夫, Hosaka Ritsuo?, born August 8, 1943) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Agawa District, Kōchi and graduate of Meiji University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990 as a member of the Japan Socialist Party after unsuccessful runs in 1983 and 1986. In 1996 he participated in the formulation of the DPJ.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Akira Nagatsuma
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Hideaki Ōmura
Takao Watanabe
Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
2009–2010
Served alongside: Hiroyuki Nagahama
Succeeded by
Yōko Komiyama
Osamu Fujimura
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Hiroshi Imai
Representative for Saitama 3rd district
2000–2005
2009–present
Succeeded by
Hiroshi Imai
Incumbent
Preceded by
N/A
Representative for the Northern Kantō PR block
1996–2000
2005–2009
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Eiji Nonaka
Yatarō Mitsubayashi
Eisuke Yamada
Masahisa Aoki
Representative for Saitama 4th district (multi-member)
1990–1996
Served alongside: Yuriko Takeyama, Eisuke Yamada, Yatarō Mitsubayashi, Masahisa Aoki
District eliminated