Toshio Kimura

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Toshio Kimura
木村 俊夫
Toshio Kimura.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
July 1974 – December 1974
Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka
Preceded by Masayoshi Ohira
Succeeded by Kiichi Miyazawa
Head of the Economic Planning Agency
In office
July 1971 – July 1972
Prime Minister Eisaku Satō
Preceded by Ichiro Sato
Succeeded by Kiichi Arita
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
July 1967 – November 1968
Prime Minister Eisaku Satō
Preceded by Kenji Fukunaga
Succeeded by Shigeru Hori
Personal details
Born 1909
Tōin, Japan
Died 1 December 1983(1983-12-01) (aged 73–74)
Tokyo, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Tokyo Imperial University

Toshio Kimura (1909 – 1 December 1983) was a Japanese politician who served as foreign minister for six months in 1974.

Early life[edit]

Kimura was born into a politically active family in 1909.[1] His father and grandfather were both lawmakers.[2]


Kimura was elected to the House of Representatives for 12 times as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).[2] In addition, he served as chief cabinet secretary in the cabinet of then prime minister Eisaku Sato.[2] He was also chairman of the Parliamentarians' League for Japan-Palestine Friendship.[2] He organized late Yasser Arafat's visit to Japan in 1981.[3]

His other posts include director-general of the economic planning agency and deputy chief cabinet secretary. In 1971, Kimura served as acting foreign minister.[4] He was appointed foreign minister by then prime minister Kakuei Tanaka in mid-July 1974, replacing Masayoshi Ohira.[5] Kimura was in office for six months in 1974.[2] Kimura visited Africa in late October and early November 1974, which was a beginning of cooperation between African countries and Japan.[6][7] He was the first senior Japanese government official to visit African countries.[8] His Africa visit included Ghana, Nigeria, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tanzania, and Egypt.[7][9] Then Kimura became head of the LDP's Asian-African Studies Group in 1977.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kimura was married and had a daughter.[2]


Kimura died of a heart attack at a hospital in Tokyo on 1 December 1983. He was 74.[2]


  1. ^ "Foreign ministers of Japan". Rulers. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Toshio Kimura Dies; Former Tokyo Official". The New York Times. Tokyo. AP. 3 December 1983. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Toshio Kimura". Toledo Blade. 1 December 1983. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Jacob Bercovitch; Kwei-Bo Huang; Chung-Chian Teng. Conflict management, security and intervention in East Asia: third-party mediation in regional conflict. Routledge. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-134-14102-9. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tanaka reshuffles Japanese cabinet". Daytona Beach Morning. Tokyo. AP. 17 July 1974. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chapter 2. Diplomatic Efforts Made by Japan". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Hideo, Oda (Winter 2002). "Japan-Africa Relations in the Twenty-first Century" (PDF). Gaiko Forum: 42–46. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Murray, Geoffrey (30 March 1981). "'Independent' Japan begins to build better ties with black Africa". The CS Monitor. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Jun Morikawa (1997). Japan and Africa: Big Business and Diplomacy. Hurst. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-85065-141-3. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Sueo Sudō (1992). The Fukuda Doctrine and ASEAN: New Dimensions in Japanese Foreign Policy. Institute of Southeast Asian. p. 124. ISBN 978-981-3016-14-9. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Kenji Fukunaga
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Shigeru Hori
Preceded by
Ichiro Sato
Head of the Economic Planning Agency
Succeeded by
Kiichi Arita
Preceded by
Masayoshi Ōhira
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Kiichi Miyazawa