Yoshikatsu Nakayama

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Yoshikatsu Nakayama (中山 義活 Nakayama Yoshikatsu?, born 13 February 1945 in Taitō, Tokyo) is a Japanese politician (Democratic Party of Japan, Kano group) and member of the House of Representatives for Tokyo 2nd district.

Political career[edit]

Nakayama graduated from the Sports Department of the Tokyo University of Education. After serving three terms in the municipal assembly of Taitō (1979–1991) and two terms in the prefectural assembly of Tokyo (1993–1999) for the LDP, the JRP, the NFP and finally the DPJ, he was elected to the House of Representatives in a 1999 by-election in Tokyo 2nd district. The seat had been vacated when Kunio Hatoyama (then DPJ) resigned for his unsuccessful campaign for governor of Tokyo. Nakayama was re-elected in the House of Representatives general elections of 2000 and 2003. In 2005, he lost his seat to Liberal Democrat Takashi Fukaya and also failed to win a proportional seat in the Tokyo block. In the landslide Democratic victory of 2009, he regained his district seat.

Nakayama has held several Democratic Party posts including vice-chairman of the Diet affairs committee, chairman of the "mobilization committee" (kokumin-undō-iinkai) and vice-president of the DPJ Tokyo prefectural federation. In the Hatoyama cabinet of 2009, he was special advisor to the prime minister for SME policy and "regional revitalization",[1] during the 1st and 2nd reshuffled Kan cabinets of 2010 and 2011 parliamentary secretary of Economy, Trade and Industry. In the 2011 leadership election, he supported Michihiko Kano's bid for the DPJ presidency and subsequently joined Kano's newly formed faction (formally 素交会, Sokōkai) where he became secretary general.[2] In January 2012, he succeeded Osamu Yoshida as chairman of the House of Representatives economy, trade and industry committee (keizai sangyō iinkai, lit. "economy and industry committee"). Later that year he followed Makiko Tanaka who was appointed to the cabinet as chair of the committee on foreign affairs.

2010 comments on women's entrepreneurship[edit]

As parliamentary secretary in 2010, Nakyama had caused a controversy by remarks made during the APEC Women's Entrepreneurship Summit:[3] His claim that "Japanese women find pleasure in working at home and that has been part of Japanese culture" and similar statements drew angry responses from participants, media and women's rights groups as they spread to the public. Women across Japan formed an online protest group that initiated an e-mail campaign to demand an apology. Nakayama later said he "regrets" his comments.[4][5]


Nakyama's eldest son Hiroyuki (寛進) is a former member and vice-president of the Taitō assembly and candidate for mayor of Taitō in 2011,[6] his second son Tomoyasu (智康) a former member of the Hokkaidō prefectural assembly.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kantei: 鳩山内閣閣僚名簿
  2. ^ Yamagata News Online, September 16, 2011: 鹿野グループ、名称は「素交会」 火曜に定例会、役員も正式決定
  3. ^ APEC Women's Entrepreneurship Summit, Gifu, Japan 2010: Summit Agenda
  4. ^ The Japan Times, October 17, 2010: Politician slammed for saying women like being at home
  5. ^ Women's eNews, October 28, 2010: 'Homebody' Speech Riles Japanese Women
  6. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun, 2011 unified regional election special, Taitō mayoral candidates: Hiroyuki Nakayama
  7. ^ Tomoyasu Nakayama official website: profile
House of Representatives of Japan
Title last held by
Kunio Hatoyama
Member of the House of Representatives
from Tokyo 2nd district

Succeeded by
Takashi Fukaya
Preceded by
Takashi Fukaya
Member of the House of Representatives
from Tokyo 2nd district

Preceded by
Osamu Yoshida
Chair, Committee on Economy, Trade and Industry
Succeeded by
Banri Kaieda
Preceded by
Makiko Tanaka
Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs