Taro Nakayama

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Taro Nakayama (中山 太郎 Nakayama Tarō?, born August 27, 1924) is a Japanese doctor and politician serving in the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. A native of Osaka[1] he received a Ph.D in medicine from Osaka Medical College in 1960 for the study of infantile paralysis. After serving in the assembly of Osaka Prefecture he was elected to the Diet for the first time in 1968 as a member of the House of Councilors and to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1986. From 1989 to 1990 he served as Minister for Foreign Affairs in Toshiki Kaifu's cabinet (1989–1991).

Nakayama's parents, Fukuzō and Masa, were also politicians and members of the Diet, as are his brother Masaaki and nephew Yasuhide.

Nakayama also made history by hiring the first non-Japanese aide, Timothy Langley, into the Japanese Diet as was showcased on 60 Minutes.[2]



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Political offices
Preceded by
Hiroshi Mitsuzuka
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Michio Watanabe
Preceded by
Keizō Obuchi
Minister of Okinawa Development
Succeeded by
Kunio Tanabe