Masahiko Kōmura

Masahiko Kōmura (高村 正彦, Kōmura Masahiko, born 15 March 1942) is a Japanese political activist, and former Vice-President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1998 to 1999 and again from 2007 to 2008, and he is a member of the House of Representatives for Yamaguchi 1st district.

Masahiko Kōmura
高村 正彦
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
26 September 2007  24 September 2008
Prime MinisterYasuo Fukuda
Preceded byNobutaka Machimura
Succeeded byHirofumi Nakasone
In office
30 July 1998  5 October 1999
Prime MinisterKeizō Obuchi
Preceded byKeizō Obuchi
Succeeded byYōhei Kōno
Director-General of the Economic Planning Agency
In office
30 June 1994  8 August 1995
Prime MinisterTomiichi Murayama
Preceded byYoshio Terazawa
Succeeded byIsamu Miyazaki
Personal details
Born (1942-03-15) 15 March 1942
Shūnan, Yamaguchi, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materChuo University

Early life and education

Kōmura was born in Ehime Prefecture on 15 March 1942.[1] He graduated from Chuo University's faculty of law.[2]


After graduation, Kōmura passed Japan's bar exam and then immediately entered politics. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in the June 1980 election, and has been re-elected in each election since then. He became Director-General of the Economic Planning Agency (as a Minister of State) in June 1994, Minister for Foreign Affairs in July 1998, and Minister of Justice in December 2000. In August 2007, under Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, he became Minister of Defense.[3] Kōmura leads a small faction of the LDP named after himself and ran for LDP president in 2003, but was defeated by Junichirō Koizumi.[4]

Following Abe's resignation in September 2007, Kōmura became Minister for Foreign Affairs for a second time on 26 September 2007, in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.[5] He remained in that post until he was replaced by Hirofumi Nakasone in the Cabinet of Tarō Asō, appointed on 24 September 2008.[6] He is vice president of the LDP.[7]

Kōmura is also the President of the Japan-China Friendship Parliamentarians' Union. He is known to have strong ties within China's political circles.[4]



Year Title ISBN Notes
2015Senkyo ttena 'ndarou!? 18-Sai kara no Seiji-gaku NyūmonISBN 978-4-569-82785-8Co-authored with Haruka Shimada


  1. "LDP members". LDP. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  2. "Profiles for Key LDP Officials". LDP. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  3. "Profile of Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko KOUMURA", Foreign Ministry website.
  4. Japan Times, "Fukuda's new linuep", 3 August 2008, P. 3.
  5. "Fukuda Cabinet launched / Changes minimized to reduce impact on Diet business", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 26 September 2007.
  6. "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2005.
  7. "LDP Vice Pres. Komura to retain post". House of Japan. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Nobutaka Machimura
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Hirofumi Nakasone
Preceded by
Yuriko Koike
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Shigeru Ishiba
Preceded by
Okiharu Yasuoka
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Mayumi Moriyama
Preceded by
Keizō Obuchi
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Yōhei Kōno
Preceded by
Yoshio Terazawa
Director of Economic Planning Agency of Japan
Succeeded by
Isamu Miyazaki
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