Hirokazu Matsuno

Hirokazu Matsuno (松野 博一, Matsuno Hirokazu, born September 13, 1962) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kisarazu, Chiba and graduate of Waseda University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 2000 after an unsuccessful run in 1996.

In the August 3, 2016 reshuffle, Matsuno joined the Shinzō Abe cabinet as Minister of education.

Right wing affiliations, negation of sexual slavery for the Imperial Japan military

Affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[1] along with most members of the Abe cabinet, Matsuno denies the existence of the Imperial Japan sex slavery system known under the euphemism 'Comfort women',[2] and in 2014 demanded the revision of the Kono and Murayama statements, considered as landmark declarations from Japanese governments towards the recognition of war crimes.[3]

Matsuno is also a member of the following right-wing Diet groups:[4]

  • Conference of parliamentarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (神道政治連盟国会議員懇談会 - Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League
  • Japan Rebirth (創生「日本」- Sosei Nippon)


  1. Yoshifumi Tawara - "日本会議の全貌、花伝社" Kadensha, 2016
  2. "Hawkish education chief Matsuno to uphold government line on ‘comfort women’" - Japan Times - August 18, 2016
  3. "Cabinet profile, EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MINISTER Hirokazu Matsuno" (Japan Times 2016)
  4. Yoshifumi Tawara - "日本会議の全貌、花伝社" Kadensha, 2016
  • 政治家情報 〜松野 博一〜. JANJAN ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-10-14.
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