Takeaki Matsumoto

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Takeaki Matsumoto
松本 剛明
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 March 2011 – 2 September 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Preceded by Yukio Edano (Acting)
Succeeded by Kōichirō Gemba
Personal details
Born (1959-04-25) 25 April 1959 (age 58)
Tokyo, Japan
Political party Democratic Party (1998–present)
Other political
Independent (before 1998)
Alma mater University of Tokyo

Takeaki Matsumoto (松本 剛明, Matsumoto Takeaki, born April 25, 1959) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs. A native of Tokyo and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 2000 after running unsuccessfully as an independent in 1996.

Matsumoto is a great great grandson of Itō Hirobumi, the first Prime Minister of Japan. Matsumoto's father, Juro Matsumoto, was a senior member of the Liberal Democratic Party and was the Minister of Defense from August 1989 to February 1990.[1] Matsumoto was selected as Foreign Minister of Japan in 2011 by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, after the resignation of his predecessor, Seiji Maehara, only two days before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and subsequent Fukushima I nuclear disaster.



  1. ^ "Matsumoto to be Japan's new foreign minister". Kyodo News. 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 

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House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Tōru Toida
Member of the House of Representatives for
Hyōgo 11th district

Succeeded by
Tōru Toida
New constituency Member of the House of Representatives for

Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Tōru Toida
Member of the House of Representatives for
Hyōgo 11th district

Party political offices
Preceded by
Yoshito Sengoku
Chair of Policy Research of the Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Masayuki Naoshima
Political offices
Preceded by
Kōichi Takemasa
Osamu Fujimura
Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Served alongside: Yutaka Banno
Succeeded by
Yutaka Banno
Chiaki Takahashi
Preceded by
Yukio Edano
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Kōichirō Gemba