|Minister for Foreign Affairs|
11 January 1996 – 11 September 1997
|Prime Minister||Ryutaro Hashimoto|
|Preceded by||Yōhei Kōno|
|Succeeded by||Keizō Obuchi|
|Head of the Japan Defense Agency|
29 December 1990 – 5 November 1991
|Prime Minister||Toshiki Kaifu|
|Preceded by||Yozo Ishikawa|
|Succeeded by||Sohei Miyashita|
|Head of the Management and Coordination Agency|
3 June 1989 – 10 August 1989
|Prime Minister||Sōsuke Uno|
|Preceded by||Saburō Kanemaru|
|Succeeded by||Kiyoshi Mizuno|
|Born||13 May 1937
|Died||28 January 2004 (aged 66)
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo|
Yukihiko Ikeda (池田 行彦? Ikeda Yukihiro, 13 May 1937 – 28 January 2004) was a Japanese bureaucrat and the Liberal Democratic Party politician who served as foreign minister. He was in office from 11 January 1996 to 11 September 1997. Ikeda was known to be "Mr. No" in the political life.
Early life and education
Ikeda was born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, on 13 May 1937. Following the death of his father in 1944, he moved to Nakajima Honmachi, Hiroshima where his father's family lived. Ikeda studied law at the University of Tokyo and graduated in March 1961.
Ikeda joined the ministry of finance in 1961 and worked as bureaucrat there. Then he became a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 following his membership to the LDP. He won the largest number of votes (55,027) in Hiroshima Prefecture's 2nd electoral district in the 1976 general election. He served as lawmaker ten times until his retirement. He held key positions in the LDP and was its defense agency chief. His other posts included chairman of the LDP's decision-making general council and head of the policy research council. He was appointed defense minister on 29 December 1990, replacing Yozo Ishikawa in the post. He served in the post until 5 November 1991 and was succeeded by Sohei Miyashita.
Ikeda's second tenure as foreign minister was from 11 January 1996 to 11 September 1997 in the coalition government headed by the LDP politician Ryutaro Hashimoto. Ikeda replaced Yōhei Kōno as foreign minister. Upon the construction of a wharf facility in Takeshima/Dokdo by the South Korean government at the beginning of 1996, Ikeda protested over the construction and demanded that the South Korean government should stop it. His remarks led to angry public demonstrations in Seoul. He led Japan's attempts to solve the hostage crisis in Peru in the 1990s. Ikeda was replaced by Keizō Obuchi as foreign minister on 11 September 1997.
Personal life and death
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|Minister for Foreign Affairs
|Head of the Japan Defense Agency
|Head of the Management and Coordination Agency