Utsumi Tadakatsu

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Utsumi Tadakatsu
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Utsumi Tadakatsu wearing the 1872 Dajō-kan standard court uniform
Born (1843-09-12)September 12, 1843
Chōshū Domain, Japan
Died January 20, 1905(1905-01-20) (aged 61)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Cabinet Minister

Baron Utsumi Tadakatsu (内海忠勝, September 12, 1843 – January 20, 1905) was a Japanese bureaucrat, statesman and cabinet minister, active in Meiji period Empire of Japan.


Utsumi was born to a samurai family in Chōshū Domain, in what is now part of the city of Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture). As a youth, he participated in the Kinmon Incident in Kyoto, where pro-sonnō Jōi Chōshū forces sought to seize control of the Emperor to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate.

After the Meiji Restoration, he went to Tokyo and entered into service of the new Meiji government, and was selected as a member of the 1871 Iwakura Mission, visiting the United States, Great Britain and other European countries. After his return to Japan, he was appointed governor of Nagasaki Prefecture (1877–1883), Mie Prefecture (1884–1885), Hyōgo Prefecture (1885–1889), Nagano Prefecture (1889–1891), Kanagawa Prefecture (1891–1893), Osaka Prefecture (1895–1897), and Kyoto Prefecture (1897–1900). He then served as chairman of the Board of Audit from 1900–1901.

While Utsumi was Governor of Nagasaki, he hosted former United States President Ulysses S. Grant on his visit to Japan.

Utsumi was ennobled with the kazoku peerage title danshaku (baron) in 1887. He also served as a member of the House of Peers from its inception in 1890.

Utsumi was selected to become Home Minister in the cabinet of the 1st administration of Prime Minister Katsura Tarō in 1901.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Suematsu Kenchō
Home Minister
2 June 1901 – 15 July 1903
Succeeded by
Kodama Gentarō