Ryu Matsumoto

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Ryu Matsumoto (松本 龍 Matsumoto Ryū?, born May 17, 1951) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Fukuoka, Fukuoka and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990 as a member of the Japan Socialist Party. He followed in the steps of his grandfather (Jiichirō Matsumoto) and father at the command of the Buraku Liberation League.[1]

He resigned from the post of the Minister of Reconstruction after making harsh and abrasive criticism of the two governors from the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as threatening to ruin the career of any journalists who reported his remarks. He later apologised and then blamed his behaviour on his Fukuoka background which is well known for frankness and also to his B-blood type, a popular superstition in Japan.[2]


  1. ^ Japan Times 2010/06/08
  2. ^ "Japan Reconstruction Minister Ryu Matsumoto quits". BBC News. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sakihito Ozawa
Minister of Environment
Succeeded by
Satsuki Eda
Preceded by
Hiroshi Nakai
Minister of State for Disaster Management
Succeeded by
Tatsuo Hirano
Preceded by
Taku Yamasaki
Yanosuke Narazaki
Seiichi Ōta
Takenori Kanzaki
Tadashi Kawano
Representative for Fukuoka's 1st district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Taku Yamasaki, Hirotarō Yamasaki, Takenori Kanzaki, Seiichi Ōta, Yanosuke Narazaki
District eliminated
New district Representative for Fukuoka's 1st district