Kohei Otsuka

Kohei Otsuka (大塚 耕平, Ōtsuka Kōhei, born 5 October 1959) is a Japanese politician. He was a former leader of the Democratic Party for the People (DPP) and the Democratic Party (DP).[1] A native of Nagoya, Aichi,[2] he attended Waseda University and received a Ph.D in fiscal and monetary policies and reforms.[3] Afterwards, he worked at the Bank of Japan from 1983 to 2000[3] before being elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 2001.[2]

Kohei Otsuka
大塚 耕平
Leader of the Democratic Party for the People
In office
7 May 2018  4 September 2018
Co-leading with Yuichiro Tamaki
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded byYuichiro Tamaki
President of the Democratic Party
In office
31 October 2017  7 May 2018
Preceded bySeiji Maehara
Succeeded byParty dissolved
Member of the House of Councillors
Assumed office
23 July 2001
Preceded byMakiko Suehiro
Personal details
Born (1959-10-05) 5 October 1959
Nagoya, Aichi
Political partyDPP
Other political
DP (2016–2018, merger)
DPJ (2000–2016, merger)
Alma materWaseda University (PhD)

Democratic Party leadership

After the 2017 general election, then-DP president Seiji Maehara faced intense criticism for his decision to disband the DP caucus in the Lower House and forcing DP members to seek re-election as members of Kibō no Tō, the CDP or as independents.[4] As a result, Maehara resigned as DP president on 30 October 2017. Otsuka was elected unopposed to succeed Maehara the following day.[4]

In May 2018, Otsuka led the DP to merge with Kibō no Tō, forming the DPFP. Otsuka became the co-leader of the new party, along with Kibō leader Yuichiro Tamaki.[5] He chose not to run for a full 3-year term in the DPP leadership election in September 2018.


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