Satsuki Katayama

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Satsuki Katayama
Satsuki Katayama cropped 2 Katayama Suga Yamamoto etc in Shibuya DSCN2571 20060919.jpg
campaigning in Shibuya, Tokyo in 2006
Native name
片山 さつき
Born (1959-05-09) May 9, 1959 (age 59)
Urawa, Saitama Prefecture,
(now Urawa-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan)
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
OccupationPolitician and bureaucrat
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Yōichi Masuzoe (1986-1989)
Ryutaro Katayama (1990-)

Satsuki Katayama (片山 さつき, Katayama Satsuki, born May 9, 1959) is a Japanese politician serving her first term in Japan's House of Councillors, having been elected in July 2010 as a candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). She previously represent the Shizuoka 7th district in the House of Representatives for one term from 2005 until 2009.[1]


with Ichita Yamamoto and Yoshihide Suga in Shibuya, Tokyo (September 19, 2006)

Katayama was born in Urawa, Saitama Prefecture (now Urawa-ku, Saitama City). After graduation with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tokyo, where she was chosen Miss Tokyo University,[2] Katayama found employment in the Ministry of Finance as a secretary for Finance Minister Michio Watanabe. She was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in the 2005 general election and served as Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.[3] She was one of 83 so-called "Koizumi Children," LDP candidates elected for the first time amid the widespread popularity of reformist prime minister Junichiro Koizumi; Koizumi touted Katayama as a "madonna of reform."[4]

Katayama and 72 other "Koizumi Children" were defeated in the 2009 general election, in which the Democratic Party of Japan routed the LDP. Following the 2009 election, Katayama commented that "the past four years have been a fight against the symbols of Koizumi's reforms, and we have proved they were wrong."[4] She later characterized herself as a "war-displaced orphan" in 2011.[5]

She married political science professor Yōichi Masuzoe in 1986 while working at the Ministry of Finance. They separated after several months, divorced in 1989 and are both remarried.[6] Masuzoe later became a prominent media personality and member of the House of Councillors, and both Masuzoe and Katayama were considered by the LDP as candidates for the 2014 gubernatorial election in Tokyo.[7] Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, who led the LDP to endorse Masuzoe in his successful election, said that he wanted Katayama more than anyone else to stand in support of Masuzoe, but Katayama responded that it was difficult for her to do so given Masuzoe's publicized dispute over support payments to one of his extramarital children, who is disabled.[8]


  1. ^ "Goliath". September 12, 2005. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "Madonnas of reform". The Guardian. August 24, 2005. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "Japan willing to help Vietnam train nuclear power personnel". Vietnamnet. May 18, 2006. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "'Koizumi's Children' blown away by winds of change". Kyodo News. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Osaka's Hashimoto mimics style of Koizumi, Ozawa". Asahi Shimbun. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  6. ^ "舛添厚労相 ~実は4度の結婚、2人の愛人、5人の子供~". 日刊ゲンダイ. 8 September 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  7. ^ "都知事選「勝てる候補」は? 自民、7氏選び世論調査". 日本経済新聞. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  8. ^ "片山氏、舛添氏支持依頼に難色 「婚外子への慰謝料扶養が不十分」". MSN Sankei News. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.

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