Sohei Miyashita

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Sohei Miyashita
宮下 創平
Sōhei Miyashita.jpg
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
30 July 1998 – 14 January 1999
Prime MinisterKeizō Obuchi
Preceded byJunichirō Koizumi
Succeeded byYuya Niwa
Head of the Environmental Agency
In office
14 August 1994 – 8 August 1995
Prime MinisterTomiichi Murayama
Preceded byShin Sakurai
Succeeded byTadamori Oshima
Director-General of the Japan Defense Agency
In office
5 November 1991 – 12 December 1992
Prime MinisterKiichi Miyazawa
Preceded byYukihiko Ikeda
Succeeded byToshio Nakayama
Personal details
Born(1927-11-10)10 November 1927
Ina, Nagano, Empire of Japan
Died7 October 2013(2013-10-07) (aged 85)
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party

Sohei Miyashita (宮下 創平, Miyashita Sohei, 10 November 1927 – 7 October 2013) was a Japanese politician. He held different cabinet posts.


Miyashita was born in 1927.[1] He worked at the Ministry of Finance as a budget examiner.[2] He was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and served in the House of Representatives for seven terms.[1][3][4] He was appointed Director General of the Japan Defense Agency on 5 November 1991, replacing Yukihiko Ikeda in the post.[5] Miyashita served in the post until 12 December 1992 when Toshio Nakayama succeeded him in the post.[5]

He was appointed Head of the Environmental Agency in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on 14 August 1994.[1] Miyashita succeeded Shin Sakurai in the post when the latter resigned from office due to his statements about the role of Japan in World War II.[6] In August 1998, Miyashita was appointed minister of health and welfare in the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi.[7] Then Miyashita was made chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's tax panel.[8]

Miyashita died of pneumonia in Tokyo on 7 October 2013.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Rei Shiratori (1996). "Description of Japanese Politics in 1995". European Journal of Political Research. 30. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. ^ Takao Sebata (5 June 2010). Japan's Defense Policy and Bureaucratic Politics, 1976-2007. University Press of America. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7618-5082-3.
  3. ^ "Obuchi names cabinet". Trends in Japan. 31 July 1998. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Coalition cabinet formed". Trends in Japan. 20 January 1999. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Japanese ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Briefs". St Louis Post-Dispatch. AP/Reuters. 15 August 1994. Retrieved 14 October 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Japan's new cabinet lineup". Japan Policy & Politics. 3 August 1998. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Japan to see US$14.6 billion net tax cut". China Daily. Tokyo. 13 December 2002. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Sohei Miyashita, a former Minister of Health and Welfare death". Uzuzu. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Eiji Nonaka
Chair, House of Representatives Audit Committee
Succeeded by
Yasushi Nakamura
Political offices
Preceded by
Yukihiko Ikeda
Head of the Japan Defense Agency
Succeeded by
Toshio Nakayama
Preceded by
Shin Sakurai
Head of the Environmental Agency
Succeeded by
Tadamori Oshima
Preceded by
Junichiro Koizumi
Minister of Health and Welfare
Succeeded by
Yuya Niwa