Seishiro Etō

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Seishiro Etō
衛藤 征士郎
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Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
In office
16 September 2009 – 16 November 2012
Preceded by Takahiro Yokomichi
Succeeded by Hirotaka Akamatsu
Minister of Defense
In office
8 August 1995 – 11 January 1996
Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama
Preceded by Tokuichiro Tamazawa
Succeeded by Hideo Usui
Mayor of Kusu Town
In office
Personal details
Born (1941-04-29) 29 April 1941 (age 76)
Kusu, Ōita, Japan
Alma mater Waseda University

Seishiro Etō (衛藤 征士郎?, Etō Seishirō, born April 29, 1941) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kusu District, Ōita, he attended Waseda University as both undergraduate and graduate. He was elected: in 1971 as the Mayor of the town of Kusu, Ōita, elected in 1977 to the House of Councilors and elected in 1983 to the House of Representatives for his inaugural term; Eto has been returned to office eight times for the 2nd District for Oita Prefecture. In 1995, he was the Minister of State for Defense and in 2001, he was Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2002, he was elected to the "head" of the LDP's Oita Prefecture Branch and in 2009, he was elected as Vice-Speaker for the House of Representatives.

Etō was a leader in the movement to make Mountain Day a national holiday.[1]



  1. ^ Warnock, Eleanor; Eric Pfanner (2014-05-22). "Lawmaker Discusses Significance of Mountain Day - Japan Real Time". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  2. ^ Decoraties Staatsbezoeken Japan en Republiek Korea - website of the Dutch Royal House

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