Shozaburo Nakamura

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Shozaburo Nakamura
Minister of Justice
In office
30 July 1998 – 8 March 1999
Preceded by Kokichi Shimoinaba
Succeeded by Takao Jinnouchi
Personal details
Born 1934 (age 81–82)
Political party Liberal Democratic Party

Shozaburo Nakamura (中村 正三郎 Nakamura Shōzaburō?, born 1934)[1] is a Japanese business leader and politician. He served in the House of Representatives of Japan and was the minister of justice from 1998 to 1999.


Nakamura was a business leader.[2] He served in the lower house of the Japanese Diet.[2] He also held the positions of state minister for the environment agency[3] and parliamentary vice-minister for finance.[4]

He was appointed justice minister in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi on 30 July 1998.[5] Nakamura replaced Kokichi Shimoinaba as justice minister.[1] Nakamura's term ended on 8 March 1999 when he resigned from office over the controversy sparked when Arnold Schwarzenegger was allowed to enter Japan without a passport in October 1998.[6][7] Takao Jinnouchi became justice minister on 8 March 1999, replacing Nakamura in the post.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Nakamura was among the richest members of the lower house and was ranked fourth with assets worth about 1.5 billion yen in 2000.[9]


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  2. ^ a b John Catalinotto (28 January 1999). "A Minister's Slip of the Tongue?". Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Miranda A. Schreurs (2002). Environmental Politics in Japan, Germany, and the United States. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 26 October 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Obuchi names cabinet: Government to Focus on Economic Issues". Trends in Japan. 31 July 1998. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Japan's new cabinet lineup". Japan Policy & Politics. Tokyo. 3 August 1998. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Japanese Minister Resigns". The New York Times. 8 March 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Passport row as Arnie flies into Japan". BBC. 3 March 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Martin Fakler (8 March 1999). "Japan gets new justice minister". Associated Press. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lower House ranks' assets slip". The Japan Times. 5 December 2000. Retrieved 26 October 2013.