Yoshitaka Sakurada

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Yoshitaka Sakurada (桜田 義孝, Sakurada Yoshitaka, born December 20, 1949) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature), and Minister of State for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Fourth Abe Cabinet).[1][2]

Yoshitaka Sakurada
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Minister of State for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
Assumed office
2 October 2018
Prime MinisterShinzo Abe
Preceded byShunichi Suzuki
Member of the House of Representatives
for Chiba's 8th district
Assumed office
27 December 2012
In office
21 October 1996 – 21 july 2009
Personal details
Born (1949-12-20) 20 December 1949 (age 69)


A native of Kashiwa, Chiba, and graduate of Meiji University, Sakurada had served in the city assembly of Kashiwa for two terms since 1987 and in the assembly of Chiba Prefecture since 1995. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1996.

His profile on the LDP website:[2]

  • Director, Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Member, Committee on Fundamental National Policies
  • Member, Deliberative Council on Political Ethics
  • Deputy Chairman, Diet Affairs Committee of LDP

Sakurada is a board member of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020), and serves as a political adviser to the Pachinko Chain Stores Association (PCSA).


Affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[3] Sakurada attended on March 3, 2014, the meeting to seek a review of the Kono Statement, where he voiced his support to the revision.[4] In January 2016, he said that World War II comfort women were "professional prostitutes. That's business." He apologized later in the day.[5]

Sakurada is a member of the following right-wing Diet groups:

  • Nippon Kaigi Diet discussion group (日本会議国会議員懇談会 - Nippon kaigi kokkai giin kondankai)
  • Conference of parliamentarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (神道政治連盟国会議員懇談会) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League, Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai
  • Parliamentarians acting to protect the Japanese territory (日本の領土を守るため行動する議員連盟)

Sakurada gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parliamentarians in 2012:[6]

  • in favor of the revision of the Constitution
  • in favor of the right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
  • against the reform of the National assembly (unicameral instead of bicameral)
  • in favor of reactivating nuclear power plants
  • against the goal of zero nuclear power by 2030s
  • in favor of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Okinawa)
  • in favor of evaluating the purchase of Senkaku Islands by the Government
  • in favor of a strong attitude versus China
  • against the participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • in favor of considering a nuclear-armed Japan in the future
  • against the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage


Despite being deputy chief of the government's cybersecurity strategy office, Sakurada admitted to the Japanese Diet in November 2018 that he had never used, and did not know how to use, a computer.[7][8]

At the forum in Tokyo, Sakurada said that "I was aiming for the Prime Minister in the past, but I can not speak English and I can not use a personal couputer, so I will give up to it.".[9][10]


  1. ^ 政治家情報 〜桜田 義孝〜. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
  2. ^ a b "SAKURADA Yoshitaka". Liberal Democratic Party (Japan). Archived from the original on 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  3. ^ Nippon Kaigi website
  4. ^ "河野談話見直し、文科副大臣が集会で賛意 菅長官が注意" - Asahi Shimbun - March 4, 2014
  5. ^ LDP lawmaker says 'comfort women' were prostitutes Japan Today
  6. ^ Mainichi 2012: senkyo.mainichi.jp/46shu/kaihyo_area_meikan.html?mid=A12008005005
  7. ^ "桜田大臣「自分でPC打たない」 サイバー担当なのに..." - FNN Prime - November 14, 2018
  8. ^ System error: Japan cyber security minister admits he has never used a computer The Guardian, 2018
  9. ^ INC, SANKEI DIGITAL (2018-12-20). "桜田義孝五輪相「首相目指すのやめる」 根底に英語への劣等感". 産経ニュース (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  10. ^ "「英語できず首相無理」 桜田五輪相". 日本経済新聞 電子版 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-01-10.

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