Masako Mori (politician)

Masako Mori (森 まさこ, Mori Masako, born August 22, 1964) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). She was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 2007 after running unsuccessfully for governor of Fukushima Prefecture in 2006. Her real name is Masako Miyoshi (三好 雅子, Miyoshi Masako). She is the current Minister of Justice since 31 October 2019.

Masako Mori
森 まさこ
at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in 2015
Minister of Justice
Assumed office
31 October 2019
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byKatsuyuki Kawai
Member of the House of Councillors for the Fukushima at-large district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1964-08-22) August 22, 1964
Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materTohoku University


She is a mother of two and a lawyer. Mori graduated from Tohoku University, passed the bar exam in 1992, then went to New York University School of Law as a visiting researcher. In 2005, she joined the Financial Services Agency and in 2006, left to run for governor of Fukushima Prefecture which ended unsuccessfully by losing to Gov. Yuhei Sato. In 2007, she entered the Upper House and has been vice chairwoman of the LDP's judicial committee and chairwoman of the Upper House Committee on Oversight of Administration.[1] Mori focused mainly on consumer rights throughout her career[2] and has put great effort in trying to restore the damaged territories in the Tohoku region caused by the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.[3] On December 26, 2012, Mori was named to the second Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Minister of State for the Declining Birthrate[4] and consumer affairs.[5]


  1. "Cabinet Profiles Masako Mori". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-04-07. External link in |work= (help)
  2. "Consumer minister eyes price tags amid tax hike". The Japan Times. 2014-04-01. External link in |work= (help)
  3. "Reactor restarts haunt Fukushima race". The Japan Times. 2013-07-13. External link in |work= (help)
  4. 政治家情報 〜森 雅子〜. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Retrieved 2007-11-20. External link in |work= (help)
  5. "Cabinet Profiles Masako Mori". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-04-07. External link in |work= (help)
Political offices
Preceded by
Katsuyuki Kawai
Minister of Justice

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