Shinji Tarutoko

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Shinji Tarutoko
樽床 伸二
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
In office
1 October 2012 – 26 December 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Preceded by Tatsuo Kawabata
Succeeded by Yoshitaka Shindō
Personal details
Born (1959-08-06) 6 August 1959 (age 57)
Mitoya, Shimane, Japan
Political party Democratic Party of Japan
Alma mater Osaka University
Website Official website

Shinji Tarutoko (樽床 伸二 Tarutoko Shinji?, born 6 August 1959) is a Japanese democratic politician.

Early life and education[edit]

Tarutoko was born in Shimane Prefecture on 6 August 1959. He studied at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management.[1]

Career[edit]

Tarutoko was first elected to the House of Representatives in the 1993 election as a member of the defunct Japan New Party.[1] Then he joined the Democratic Party of Japan in 1998.[1]

In June 2010, he declared his intention to run against Naoto Kan for the leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan; had he won, he would have become the next Prime Minister of Japan.[2] However, he was defeated on a 291-129 vote.[3] He was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on 1 October 2012.[1]

He lost his seat in the 16 December 2012 general election[4] and left office on 26 December 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Profiles of ten new ministers in Noda's Reshuffled Cabinet". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Politics". NHK. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Naoto Kan Wins Leadership Ballot, Becomes Favorite for Prime Minister"[1]
  4. ^ Japan Times Nothing left for the election-gutted DPJ to do but rebuild 18 December 2012
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Masao Nakamura
Ishimatsu Kitagawa
Shigeaki Haruta
Member of the House of Representatives
from Osaka 7th district (multi-member)

1993–1996
Served alongside: Yutaka Fukushima, Masao Nakamura
District eliminated
New district Member of the House of Representatives
from Osaka 12th district (single-member)

1996–2005
Succeeded by
Tomokatsu Kitagawa
Preceded by
29-member district
Member of the House of Representatives
from the Kinki proportional block

2005–2009
Succeeded by
29-member district
Preceded by
Tomokatsu Kitagawa
Member of the House of Representatives
from Osaka 12th district (single-member)

2009–2012
Succeeded by
Tomokatsu Kitagawa
Preceded by
Kenichi Mizuno
Chairperson of the Committee on the Environment
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Yoshio Maki
Preceded by
Akihiro Ohata
Chairperson of the Committee on Fundamental National Policies
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Keishu Tanaka
Political offices
Preceded by
Tatsuo Kawabata
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
2012
Succeeded by
Yoshitaka Shindō
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kenji Yamaoka
Chairman of the Democratic Party Diet Affairs Committee
2010
Succeeded by
Yoshio Hachiro
New office Deputy ("Acting") Secretary General of the Democratic Party
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Jun Azumi