Yuichiro Hata

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Yuichiro Hata (羽田 雄一郎, Hata Yūichirō, born July 29, 1967) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Setagaya, Tokyo, and graduate of Tamagawa University, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1999. He is the son of former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata. He was appointed the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on June 4, 2012.[1]

Visits to Yasukuni shrine[edit]

On August 15, 2012 Hata, along with National Safety Commissioner Jin Matsubara became the first cabinet ministers of the DPJ to openly visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine on August 15 since the party came to power in 2009. They made their visits to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II despite requests from South Korea to refrain from doing so,[2] and despite Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda requesting his cabinet not to do so.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet website The Cabinet - Yuichiro Hata Retrieved on August 15, 2012
  2. ^ AsiaOne News Japanese cabinet minister visits Yasukuni Shrine August 15, 2012 Retrieved on August 15, 2012
  3. ^ Stuff Japanese cabinet member makes controversial homage August 15, 2012 Retrieved on August 15, 2012

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House of Councillors
Preceded by
Mineo Koyama
Maki Murasawa
Councillor for Nagano
(class of 1947/1953/...)

1999–present
Served alongside: Mineo Koyama, Hiromi Yoshida
Incumbent