Ippei Kaneko

Ippei Kaneko (金子 一平, Kaneko Ippei, 12 February 1913 28 March 1989)[1] was a Japanese politician. He served as finance minister of Japan from 1978 to 1979.

Ippei Kaneko
Minister of Finance of Japan
In office
8 December 1978  8 November 1979
Prime MinisterMasayoshi Ohira
Preceded byTatsuo Murayama
Personal details
Born(1913-02-12)12 February 1913
Takayama, Gifu, Japan
Died28 March 1989(1989-03-28) (aged 76)
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party


Kaneko was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and part of the Ikeda faction led by Hayato Ikeda.[2] Kaneko was the chairman of the LDP's tax system research council.[3] He ran for Diet seat in the 1960 general election as a member of the Ikeda faction.[2]

He worked at the ministry of finance as bureaucrat and had experience on tax policy.[2] He served as the head of the Osaka Tax Bureau until 1978.[2]

He was appointed minister of finance in the Masayoshi Ohira’s cabinet on 8 December 1978, replacing Tatsuo Murayama in the post.[1][4] Kaneko was in office until 8 November 1979.[1][5] Then he served as the director of the Economic Planning Agency (EPA) in the mid-1980s.[6][7]

Personal life

Kaneko's eldest son Kazuyoshi Kaneko is also a politician[8] and held different cabinet portfolios, including transport minister.[9]


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  2. J. Robert Brown Jr. (1999). The Ministry of Finance: Bureaucratic Practices and the Transformation of the Japanese Economy. Westport, CT: Quorum Books. Retrieved 4 September 2013.   via Questia (subscription required)
  3. Junko Kato (1994). The Problem of Bureaucratic Rationality: Tax Politics in Japan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 262.  via Questia (subscription required)
  4. "Fiscal Policy before the First Oil Crisis" (PDF). Ministry of Finance. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  5. "Leaders of Japan". Zarate. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  6. "Japan Report". FBIS. 11 February 1985. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  7. Edward J. Lincoln (1988). Japan, Facing Economic Maturity. Brookings Institution Press. p. 123. ISBN 0-8157-1638-9. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  8. Hussain Khan (3 October 2003). "Japan: Reality starts to set in". Asia Times. Tokyo. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  9. "Cabinet Profiles". The Japan Times. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Kunikichi Saito
Chair, Finance Committee of the House of Representatives of Japan
Succeeded by
Soichi Kamoda
Political offices
Preceded by
Tatsuo Murayama
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Noboru Takeshita
Preceded by
Toshio Komoto
Head of the Economic Planning Agency
Succeeded by
Wataru Hiraizumi
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