Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida (岸田 文雄, Kishida Fumio, born 29 July 1957) is a Japanese politician and the former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2012 to 2017. He is a member of the House of Representatives and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He served in Yasuo Fukuda's cabinet as minister of state for Okinawa and northern territories affairs, science and technology policy, quality-of-life policy, and regulatory reform.

Fumio Kishida
岸田 文雄
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 December 2012  3 August 2017
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byKōichirō Genba
Succeeded byTarō Kōno
Minister of Defense
In office
28 July 2017  3 August 2017
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byTomomi Inada
Succeeded byItsunori Onodera
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
18 July 1993
Personal details
Born (1957-07-29) 29 July 1957
Hiroshima, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materWaseda University

Early life and education

Kishida was born to a political family in Minami-ku, Hiroshima on 29 July 1957.[1][2] His father and grandfather were former politicians who were lower house members, and also, former prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa is a distant relative of his.[2] Kishida studied law at Waseda University and graduated in 1982.[1]


Political career

After working at now-defunct Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan and then as a secretary to a member of the House of Representatives, Kishida was elected for the first time in July 1993.[3] He served in the lower house seven times, representing the Hiroshima No: 1.and Cabinet Junichiro Koizumi 2001[2] He was chairman of the LDP's Diet affairs committee until September 2012.[4] In the LDP, he is close to retired veteran LDP politician Makoto Koga.[2] Kishida assumed the control of Koga's faction in October 2012.[2] His most appointment in the LDP was chairman of the headquarters for Japan's economic revitalization.[4] Like Shinzō Abe and most members of his Cabinet, Kishida is affiliated to the openly revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi.[5]

Ministerial career

Kishida was the minister of Okinawa affairs from 2007 to 2008, firstly in the Abe Cabinet and later in the Fukuda cabinet.[4] He was appointed state minister in charge of consumer affairs and food safety in the cabinet of then prime minister Yasuo Fukuda in 2008.[2] Kishida was also state minister in charge of science and technology in the Fukuda cabinet.[4] Kishida was named foreign minister in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on 26 December 2012.[3][6]


Both Kishida's grandfather, Masaki Kishida, and his father, Fumitake Kishida, were members of the House of Representatives, and his cousin is Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa.[7]


See also


  1. "Fumio Kishida". Kante'. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  2. "Profiles". The Japan Times. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. "Profiles of key ministers in Abe's new Cabinet". The Asahi Shimbun. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  4. "Profile: Foreign Minister Kishida boasts background in Okinawa affairs". House of Japan. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. "Abe's reshuffle promotes right-wingers" (Korea Joongang Daily - 2014/09/05)
  6. "Abe elected premier, launches Cabinet". Daily Yomuiru Online. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  7. "Japan minister support staff 'put sex club on expenses'". BBC. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  8. Decoraties Staatsbezoeken Japan en Republiek Korea Archived 4 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine - website of the Dutch Royal House
Political offices
Preceded by
Kōichirō Genba
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Tarō Kōno
Preceded by
Tomomi Inada
Minister of Defense

Succeeded by
Itsunori Onodera
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