Tatsuo Murayama

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Tatsuo Murayama
村山 達雄
Minister of Finance
In office
28 November 1977 – 8 December 1978
Prime MinisterTakeo Fukuda
Preceded byHideo Bo
Succeeded byIppei Kaneko
Minister of Finance
In office
27 December 1988 – 9 August 1989
Prime MinisterNoboru Takeshita
Preceded byNoboru Takeshita
Succeeded byRyutaro Hashimoto
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
18 May 1981 – 30 November 1981
Prime MinisterZenkō Suzuki
Preceded bySunao Sonoda
Succeeded byMotoharu Morishita
Personal details
Born(1915-02-08)8 February 1915
Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan
Died20 May 2010(2010-05-20) (aged 95)
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materTokyo Imperial University

Tatsuo Murayama (村山 達雄, Murayama Tatsuo, 8 February 1915 – 20 May 2010) was a Japanese politician who was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and finance minister for two times.

Early life[edit]

Tatsuo Murayama was born in 1915.[1]


Murayama was a tax expert and helped the development of the tax overhaul bills.[2] He worked in the ministry of finance as a bureaucrat and was the general director of the tax bureau.[3]

Then he joined the LDP and served as finance minister twice. Murayama replaced Hideo Bo as finance minister on 28 November 1977. Murayama's successor was Ippei Kaneko who was appointed on 8 December 1978.[1] In the 1979 general elections, he won a seat in the Niigata constituency's second district.[4] He served as the chairman of the LDP's tax system research council.[5] He also led a fiscal expansion research committee of the party which later called the Murayama committee.[3] He was part of the Suzuki and then Miyazawa faction within the LDP.[3][6]

The second term of Murayama as finance minister was from 27 December 1988 to 9 August 1989 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita.[7][8] He replaced Noboru Takeshita, who had served as acting finance minister since the resignation of Kiichi Miyazawa due to his alleged involvement in the Recruit stock scandal on 9 December 1988.[7][9] On 9 August 1989, Ryutaro Hashimoto replaced Murayama as finance minister.[1]

In the 1993 elections Murayama was elected to the lower house winning a seat from the Niigata constituency's third district.[10] He was not included in the LDP's proportional representation list for the 25 June 2000 general elections, and he retired from the politics.[11]


Murayama died on 20 May 2010 at the age of 95.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Japanese ministers". Rulers. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Takeshita Reshuffles Cabinet". Chicago Tribune. Tokyo. New York Times News. 28 December 1988. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Junko Kato (1994). The Problem of Bureaucratic Rationality: Tax Politics in Japan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 262. – via Questia (subscription required)
  4. ^ J. A. A. Stockwin (2004). Collected Writings of J.A.A. Stockwin: The Politics and Political Environment of Japan. London: Japan Library. p. 346. Retrieved 4 September 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  5. ^ William W. Grimes (1 September 2002). Unmaking the Japanese Miracle: Macroeconomic Politics, 1985-2000. Cornell University Press. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-8014-8810-8. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ Marugami, Hiroaki (14 June 1984). "Diet member groups maneuver economy behind the scenes" (PDF). Japan Report. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Murayama is new finance minister". New Straits Times. 27 December 1988. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  8. ^ C. Randall Henning (1994). Currencies and Politics in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Peterson Institute. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-88132-127-2. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  9. ^ Schoenberger, Karl (28 December 1988). "Takeshita Shuffles Cabinet but Retains Key Ministers". Los Angeles Times. Tokyo. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Makiko Tanaka". RCRINC. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Mori set to dissolve Diet for elections on June 25". The Japan Times. 2 June 2000.
Political offices
Preceded by
Hideo Bo
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Ippei Kaneko
Preceded by
Sunao Sonoda
Minister of Health and Welfare
Succeeded by
Motoharu Morishita
Preceded by
Noboru Takeshita
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Ryutaro Hashimoto