Toshio Ogawa (小川 敏夫 Ogawa Toshio, born 18 March 1948) is a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party and a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). Ogawa is a former Minister of Justice. A native of Nerima, Tokyo and graduate of Rikkyo University, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1998 after working as a prosecutor.
|Vice President of the House of Councillors of Japan|
|Assumed office |
1 August 2019
|Preceded by||Akira Gunji|
|Minister of Justice|
13 January 2012 – 4 June 2012
|Prime Minister||Yoshihiko Noda|
|Preceded by||Hideo Hiraoka|
|Succeeded by||Makoto Taki|
|Member of House of Councillors|
|Assumed office |
26 July 1998
|Born||18 March 1948|
|Alma mater||Rikkyo University|
In 1996, he ran for a lower house seat with support from the Democratic Party of Japan, but failed. In 1998, he ran for an upper house election, and was elected. In 2004, he again got elected in an upper house election. In 2012 he was appointed justice minister.
He was re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016, and is currently the longest serving Councillor from Tokyo. When the Democratic Party merged with Kibō no Tō to form the DPP in May 2018, Ogawa didn't join the new party and decided to join the CDP instead.
- Matsutani, Minoru, "Justice minister feels signing off on hangings just part of job description", Japan Times, 1 February 2012, p. 3.
- 国民民主党６２人参加 「野党第１党」に届かず (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
- (in Japanese) Official website
|House of Councillors|
| Councillor from Tokyo
26 July 1998–present
Served alongside: Toshiko Hamayotsu, Miyo Inoue, Atsuo Nakamura, Masaharu Nakagawa, Renhō Murata, Yūji Sawa
| Senior Vice Minister of Justice
| Minister of Justice|
13 January–4 June 2012