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Shizuka Kamei (亀井 静香 Kamei Shizuka, born November 1, 1936) is a Japanese politician and the chairman of the Parliamentary League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.
He was born in the city of Shōbara in Hiroshima Prefecture into a poor family. He studied at the department of economics at University of Tokyo and worked his way through school through various jobs, including singing at a cabaret.
Upon graduation in 1960, he entered Sumitomo Seika, and joined the National Police Agency in 1962. In 1972, he took charge of a number of high-profile cases, including the Red Army Asama-Sanso incident, the Narita Airport incident, and the Tel Aviv highjacking. Kamei is one of the few major politicians to oppose the death penalty, and wrote a book, Shikei Haishi ron, asserting his opposition.
In 1989, he formed the Freedom Reform Alliance, criticizing the LDP's system of factions and strongly supported Shintarō Ishihara. He became Minister of Exports in 1994 and Minister of Construction in 1996. In 1998, he left the Mitsuzuka faction and formed the "Nakayama-Kamei group" with Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Nakayama.
In 1999, he headed up the LDP's Policy Research Council and founded the Kamei faction. In 2003, he unsuccessfully ran for the position of Prime Minister against the incumbent, Junichiro Koizumi.
He opposed Koizumi's postal privatization plan and left the LDP in 2005, forming the Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) with four other Diet members. Despite facing the popular businessman Takafumi Horie in the 2005 election, he won reelection for the tenth time.
On September 16, 2009, Kamei became the banking and postal services minister in the newly formed Hatoyama cabinet. Throughout the week, he voiced his commitment to providing economic stability for small companies, whom he claimed "had lost vitality". He plans to provide a moratorium of up to three years on loan repayments and attempts to put a brake on what he perceives as excesses by financial and lending institutions.
After shifting parties twice, he is currently a political independent.
The character "Takeo Tsuruta" in the manga Akumetsu is based on him.
In August 2003, Kamei acknowledged receiving political donations from the leader of a group of loan sharks affiliated to the Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest known yakuza syndicate in Japan. The donator was Susumu Kajiyama.
- Shizuka Kamei: “Abolition of the Capital Punishment System”.
FCCJchannel (YouTube channel).
Published 6 October 2016.
Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- Japan Bank Min Kamei:Moratorium Must Be Discussed In Best Way Nasdaq.com, September 17, 2009.
- 新政権で金融株激震 亀井など閣僚発言が波乱要因 Yahoo! Japan, September 18, 2009.
- "Out of the shadows", August 19, 2003, The Independent
- (in Japanese)"Shizuka Kamei, political donations from the loan shark king, Susumu Kajiyama", August 15, 2003, Rondan or "Goryo-kai senior who was arrested for underground loaning - donations to Shizuka Kamei", August 17, 2003, Shimbun Akahata
|Minister of State for Financial Services
|Minister of Construction
|Minister of Transportation
|House of Representatives of Japan|
|New constituency||Representative for Hiroshima's 6th district
|Representative for Hiroshima's 3rd district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Kiichi Miyazawa, Masashi Furukawa, Moriyoshi Satō, Masakatsu Okada, Yoshito Fukuoka, Minoru Yanagida, Tatsukuni Komori
|Party political offices|
|President of the People's New Party
|Policy Affairs Research Council Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party
|Chairman of Shisuikai (Kamei faction)