Tatsuo Hirano

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Tatsuo Hirano at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2012

Tatsuo Hirano (平野 達男 Hirano Tatsuo?, born May 2, 1954) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kitakami, Iwate and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1977, attending the Iowa State University in the United States as a ministry official. In 2001, he left the ministry and was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time.

On July 5, 2011, after the abrupt resignation of Ryū Matsumoto, Hirano was named the Minister of State for Disaster Management, in the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake in his native Tōhoku region.[1] He was reappointed to the post in September 2011 in the cabinet of newly appointed prime minister Yoshihiko Noda.[2]


  1. ^ "Job 1 for Hirano is rebuilding public trust". The Japan Times. 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  2. ^ Japan Times, "Cabinet Profiles: Noda Cabinet", 3 September 2011, p. 3.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Atsushi Ōshima
Hideo Hiraoka
Kōhei Ōtsuka
Senior Vice Minister, Cabinet Office
Served alongside: Shōzō Azuma, Yoshinori Suematsu
Succeeded by
Shōzō Azuma
Yoshinori Suematsu
Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi
Preceded by
Ryū Matsumoto
Minister of State for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office
Succeeded by
Masaharu Nakagawa
New creation Minister for Reconstruction
Succeeded by
Takumi Nemoto
House of Councillors
Preceded by
Yoshinori Takahashi
Councillor for Iwate
(Class of 1947/1953/...)