Seiichi Ōmura

Seiichi Ōmura (大村 清一, Ōmura Seiichi, 4 May 1892 – 24 May 1968) was a politician and bureaucrat in the early Shōwa period Japan, who subsequently was a politician and cabinet minister in the immediate post-war era.

Ōmura Seiichi
大村 清一
Governor of Nagano Prefecture
In office
15 January 1935  13 March 1936
Governor of Nagano Prefecture
In office
11 January 1938  23 December 1938
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
In office
23 December 1938  4 September 1939
Vice Minister for Education
In office
1939  1945?
Home Minister
In office
22 May 1946  24 May 1947
House of Peers
Director-General of the Japan Defense Agency
In office
December 10, 1954  March 19, 1955
Prime MinisterIchirō Hatoyama
Preceded byTokutarō Kimura
Succeeded byArata Sugihara
House of Representatives of Japan
In office
21 November 1960  23 October 1963
Personal details
Born(1892-05-04)May 4, 1892
Tsuyama, Okayama, Empire of Japan
Died24 May 1968(1968-05-24) (aged 76)
Alma materKyoto Imperial University
OccupationPolitician, Cabinet Minister


Ōmura was born in Tsuyama, Okayama. After his graduation from the Law School of Kyoto Imperial University, he entered the Home Ministry. He served as Governor of Nagano Prefecture from 15 January 1935 to 13 March 1936, and again for a second term from 11 January 1938 to 23 December 1938. He was then appointed Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture from 23 December 1938 to 4 September 1939. Later in 1939, he was Vice Minister for Education under Prime Minister Abe Nobuyuki. In 1943, he was made chairman of the Japan Student Services Organization.

After the end of World War II, during the American occupation of Japan, Ōmura served as Home Minister in the first Yoshida administration from 22 May 1946 to 24 May 1947. He was also appointed to a seat in the House of Peers in the Diet of Japan.

From 10 December 1954 to 19 March 1955, Ōmura served as Director-General for the Japan Defense Agency under the first Hatoyama administration.

Ōmura subsequently was elected a seat in the Lower House of the Diet from his native Okayama, and served for six terms from 21 November 1960 to 23 October 1963. He was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure on 29 April 1965.


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    Political offices
    Preceded by
    Chūzō Mitsuji
    Home Minister
    22 April 1946 – 31 January 1947
    Succeeded by
    Etsujirō Uehara
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