Mayumi Moriyama

Mayumi Moriyama (森山 眞弓, Moriyama Mayumi, born 7 November 1927) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

Mayumi Moriyama
森山 眞弓
Minister of Justice
In office
16 April 2001  19 November 2003
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byMasahiko Kōmura
Succeeded byDaizō Nozawa
Minister of Education
In office
12 December 1992  9 August 1993
Prime MinisterKiichi Miyazawa
Preceded byKunio Hatoyama
Succeeded byRyoko Akamatsu
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
25 August 1989  28 September 1990
Prime MinisterToshiki Kaifu
Preceded byTokuo Yamashita
Succeeded byMisoji Sakamoto
Head of the Environmental Agency
In office
10 August 1989  25 August 1989
Prime MinisterToshiki Kaifu
Preceded byTatsuo Yamazaki
Succeeded bySetsu Shiga
Personal details
Born (1927-11-07) 7 November 1927
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materTsuda College
University of Tokyo

Early life and education

Moriyama was born in Tokyo on 7 November 1927.[1] Her father was a businessman, who was progressive and liberal.[2] Her mother was a conservative type of a housewoman.[2]

In 1947, she graduated from the department of foreign languages at Tsuda College.[1] She also received a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Tokyo in 1950.[1]


Moriyama worked at the Ministry of Labor from 1950 to 1980.[2] She was elected to the first of her three terms in the House of Councillors in 1980 and then to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1996. She headed the environment agency until 26 August 1989 when she was appointed chief cabinet secretary in the cabinet of Toshiki Kaifu.[3] Moriyama replaced Tokuo Yamashita and became the first Japanese woman appointed to this post.[3] She was dismissed after six months of tenure on 6 January 1990.[4][5] Misoji Sakamoto succeeded her as chief cabinet secretary.[6]

She was appointed Minister of Education to the cabinet of Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa on 12 November 1992.[7] She was also Japan's first female education minister.[4] She remained in office until 1993. She also served as Minister of Justice from 26 April 2001 to 19 November 2003 in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.[8]

Moriyama became principal of Hakuoh University in 2007, and remained in that post until 2013.[9]

Personal life

Moriyama is the widow of representative Kinji Moriyama. In 1991, she published a book, titled What I Saw in the Cabinet.[10]


  1. "Justice Minister". Kantei. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  2. Behrens, Leigh (19 June 1988). "Mayumi Moriyama "It's Worthwhile To Work And Pioneer The Way"". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  3. Sanger, David E. (26 August 1989). "Woman Gets High Post After Tokyo Aide Quits". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  4. Joyce Gelb (29 November 1994). Women Of Japan & Korea: Continuity and Change. Temple University Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-56639-224-2. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. Weisman, Steven R. (6 January 1990). "Tokyo Official Takes on Bastion of Sexism, and Loses". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. Sanger, David E. (28 February 1990). "Changes in Japanese Cabinet Set Off a Debate". The New York Times. p. 8.
  7. Sanger, David E. (12 December 1992). "Japan's Cabinet Is Shuffled Under Harsh New Spotlight". The New York Times. p. 3.
  8. "Previous cabinets". Kantei. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  9. "The university president of Japan Baiou University, Mayumi Moriyama, visits Taiwan". Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology. 28 April 2011. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  10. "Books". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tatsuo Yamazaki
Head of the Environmental Agency
Succeeded by
Setsu Shiga
Preceded by
Tokuo Yamashita
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Misoji Sakamoto
Preceded by
Kunio Hatoyama
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Ryōko Akamatsu
Preceded by
Masahiko Kōmura
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Daizō Nozawa
House of Councillors
Preceded by
Hiroshi Miyazawa
Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Councillors of Japan
Succeeded by
Masao Horie
Academic offices
Preceded by
Chūmaru Koyama
Principal of Hakuoh University
Succeeded by
Takayasu Okushima

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