Yōko Kamikawa

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Yōko Kamikawa
上川 陽子
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Minister of Justice
In office
3 August 2017 – 2 October 2018
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byKatsutoshi Kaneda
Succeeded byTakashi Yamashita
In office
20 October 2014 – 7 October 2015
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byMidori Matsushima
Succeeded byMitsuhide Iwaki
Personal details
Born (1953-03-01) 1 March 1953 (age 66)
Shizuoka, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
EducationUniversity of Tokyo (BA)
Harvard University (MPA)

Yōko Kamikawa (上川 陽子, Kamikawa Yōko, 1 March 1953) is a former think-tank researcher and current Japanese politician, who served as Minister of State for Gender Equality and Social Affairs since August 2007 in Shinzō Abe's and Yasuo Fukuda's cabinets. Kamikawa was also elected as Minister of Justice in Prime Minister Abe's party. She is a member of the House of Representatives and the Liberal Democratic Party.

Born in the city of Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture, she graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1977. In 1988 she also received a masters degree in public administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. She was elected for the first time in June 2000.

During her time in office, Kamikawa ordered sixteen executions, the highest among justice ministers since 1993.[1]


Kamikawa was involved in a brief scandal in 2007. Her campaign was criticized for not reporting some campaign loans. This was dismissed shortly after as an act of oversight rather than intentional.

Declining Birth Rate Work[edit]

Kamikawa was placed in charge of the declining birth rate of Japan in 2007. She advocated for a more flexible lifestyle that allowed both a career and a family.


  • "Minister of State for Regulatory Reform". Retrieved September 30, 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
Midori Matsushima
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Mitsuhide Iwaki
Preceded by
Katsutoshi Kaneda
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Takashi Yamashita