Hirofumi Nakasone

Hirofumi Nakasone (中曽根 弘文, Nakasone Hirofumi, born 28 November 1945) is a Japanese politician from Takasaki, Gunma, who served as Minister for Foreign Affairs until September 2009. He was Minister of Education under Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori. He is former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone's son.

Hirofumi Nakasone
中曽根 弘文
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
In office
24 September 2008  16 September 2009
Prime MinisterTarō Asō
Preceded byMasahiko Kōmura
Succeeded byKatsuya Okada
Member of the House of Councillors
Assumed office
6 July 1986
Personal details
Born (1945-11-28) 28 November 1945
Takasaki, Gunma, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materKeio University

Nakasone was appointed as head of the Science and Technology Agency by Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi in early October 1999.[1] In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tarō Asō, appointed on 24 September 2008, Nakasone was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2]

Early years

Nakasone was born in Gunma Prefecture in 1945 and graduated from Keio University with a degree in Business and Commerce.[3]

After graduation, he worked briefly at Asahi Kasei and then became Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Secretary to the President of the Liberal Democratic Party.[3]

Nakasone has been a member of the House of Councillors since being elected in 1986.

Revisionism regarding 'Comfort women'

Nakasone is affiliated to the openly revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi.[4] His own father Yasuhiro Nakasone is claimed to have organized a 'comfort station' in 1942 when he was a lieutenant paymaster in Japan's Imperial Navy. Hirofumi Nakasone chairs a commission established to consider "concrete measures to restore Japan's honor with regard to the comfort women issue."[5]



  1. "Japan's PM overhauls cabinet". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.
  3. "外務省: ご案内- ご利用のページが見つかりません". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  4. "Pro-Yasukuni lineup features Aso Cabinet" - Japan Press Weekly - 24 September 2008
  5. "Comfort women and Japan's war on truth" - The New York Times - 15–16 Nov 2016
Political offices
Preceded by
Masahiko Kōmura
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Katsuya Okada
Preceded by
Akito Arima
Minister of Education
Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency

Succeeded by
Tadamori Ōshima
House of Councillors
Preceded by
Hiroichi Fukuda
Yuzuru Yamada
Councillor for Gunma's At-large district
Served alongside: Hiroichi Fukuda, Kōsei Ueno, Yukio Tomioka
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