Tomio Okamura

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Tomio Okamura
MP
Tomio Okamura portrét.jpg
Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
24 November 2017
Leader of Freedom and Direct Democracy
Assumed office
4 August 2015
Preceded byPosition established
Leader of Dawn of Direct Democracy
In office
1 July 2013 – 5 May 2015
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMarek Černoch
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
26 October 2013
Senator from Zlín
In office
20 October 2012 – 26 October 2013
Preceded byJana Juřenčáková
Succeeded byPatrik Kunčar
Personal details
Born (1972-07-04) 4 July 1972 (age 46)
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyDawn of Direct Democracy
(2013–2015)
Freedom and Direct Democracy
(2015–present)
Signature
Websitewww.tomio.cz

Tomio Okamura (岡村 富夫, Okamura Tomio, born 4 July 1972)[1] is a Czech-Japanese far-right[2][3][4] politician and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the political parties Dawn of Direct Democracy and Freedom and Direct Democracy. Since October 2013, he has been Member of the Chamber of Deputies (MP), initially for Dawn of Direct Democracy and then from May 2015 for Freedom and Direct Democracy of Tomio Okamura(SPD-Tomio okamura), of which he is also leader. He previously served as an independent Senator for Zlín district from October 2012 until his election to the Chamber of Deputies a year later.

Early life and background[edit]

Born in Tokyo to a half-Japanese, half-Korean father, and a Moravian mother from the Zlín region,[5]

In his youth he worked as a waste collector and later a popcorn seller at a cinema in Japan.[6] Okamura is fluent in Czech, Japanese and English.[citation needed]

Business career[edit]

He started his business career in 1994 mainly focused on the travel and gastronomy industries. He also started publishing a quarterly Pivní magazín ("Beer Magazine"). He is the author or co-author of several books. His book Tomio Okamura – Český sen ("Tomio Okamura - The Czech Dream") became a top 10 best-seller in the Czech Republic in 2010.[7] In Spring 2011 his second book Umění vládnout ("The Art of Governance") was published. In 2012 he wrote a book Umění žít ("The Art of Living"). In 2013 he wrote two books – Umění přímé demokracie ("The Art of Direct Democracy") and Velká japonská kuchařka ("The Big Japanese Cookbook").

Okamura has links with a number of businesses including the Association of Czech Travel Agencies (Czech: Asociace českých cestovních kanceláří a agentur, AČCKA), where he was spokesman and vice-president.[6] Other businesses Okamura has run include travel agent Miki travel and food shop Japa.[6]

Okamura has been a judge on the Czech version of British BBC television programme Dragons' Den, known as Den D.[8]

Political career[edit]

Senate[edit]

In June 2012, Okamura, known previously as an advocate of direct democracy, announced his candidacy for the 2012 Czech Senate election as an independent candidate in Zlín.[5] In the election, held in October, Okamura led after the first round of voting with over 30% of the vote.[9] Okamura won in a run-off against Stanislav Mišák, taking more than 66% of the vote and winning a seat in the Senate on 20 October 2012.[9][10]

2013 Presidential candidacy[edit]

Immediately following his victory in the election to the Senate, Okamura announced his intention to run for office in the 2013 Czech presidential election.[10][11]

Dawn of Direct Democracy[edit]

In the 2013 parliamentary elections his party — Tomio Okamura's Dawn of Direct Democracy — obtained 342,339 votes (6.88%) and gained 14 seats. His previous senatorial mandate expired as a result of his election as a member of parliament.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2012, it was reported that Okamura was dating a 20-year-old Czech student.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tomio Okamura - Profile on website of the Chamber of Deputies". Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  2. ^ Tait, Robert (2017-12-15). "Far right to gather in Prague as fears grow of rising Czech populism". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  3. ^ "Far-right scores surprise success in Czech election". Reuters. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  4. ^ "How a Tokyo-Born Outsider Became the Face of Czech Nationalism". Bloomberg.com. 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  5. ^ a b Bořil, Martin (3 June 2012). "Okamura bude kandidovat do Senátu, kvůli matce si vybral Zlín" [Okamura will run for the Senate, he chose Zlín because of his mother]. idnes.cz (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Žižková, Markéta (20 October 2012). "Zloději se nám smějí do ksichtu, je čas na změnu, cílí Okamura na Hrad". lidovky.cz (in Czech). Lidové noviny. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  7. ^ Dvořák, Jan (10 May 2011). "Politika není špinavá, špinavý může být jen politik, říká Tomio Okamura" [Politics isn't dirty, only politicians can be dirty, says Tomio Okamura]. idnes.cz (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  8. ^ Velinger, Jan (16 January 2011). "The good, the bad & the ugly in the dragon's den". radio.cz. Czech Radio. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Výsledky hlasování - volby.cz". volby.cz.
  10. ^ a b Procházková, Petra; Libiger, Milan (20 October 2012). "Podnikatel Okamura se stal senátorem, teď chce dobýt Hrad" [Entrepreneur Okamura becomes senator, now wants to conquer the castle]. idnes.cz (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Okamurovi škrtli 26 tisíc podpisů, dál nejde ani Bobošíková a Dlouhý". iDNES.cz. 23 November 2012.
  12. ^ Herrmannová, Nela (22 January 2012). "Tomio Okamura: S přítelkyní jsme si první dva měsíce jen psali" [Tomio Okamura: My girlfriend and I only wrote to each other for the first two months]. idnes.cz (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. Retrieved 23 October 2012.

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