Toshio Ogawa

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.

Toshio Ogawa
小川 敏夫
Vice President of the House of Councillors of Japan
Assumed office
1 August 2019
Preceded byAkira Gunji
Minister of Justice
In office
13 January 2012  4 June 2012
Prime MinisterYoshihiko Noda
Preceded byHideo Hiraoka
Succeeded byMakoto Taki
Member of House of Councillors
Assumed office
26 July 1998
Personal details
Born (1948-03-18) 18 March 1948
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyCDP
Other political
  • DP (2016–2018, split)
  • DPJ (1996–2016, merger)
  • NPS (1996)
Alma materRikkyo University

Political career

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.[1]

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.[2]


House of Councillors
Preceded by
Toshiko Hamayotsu
Kōichirō Ueda
Kensaku Morita
Kiyoko Ono
Councillor from Tokyo
26 July 1998–present
Served alongside: Toshiko Hamayotsu, Miyo Inoue, Atsuo Nakamura, Masaharu Nakagawa, Renhō Murata, Yūji Sawa
Political offices
Preceded by
Kōichi Katō
Senior Vice Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Makoto Taki
Preceded by
Hideo Hiraoka
Minister of Justice
13 January–4 June 2012

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