Masatoshi Wakabayashi

Masatoshi Wakabayashi (若林 正俊, Wakabayashi Masatoshi, born July 4, 1934) is a Japanese politician who is a member of Liberal Democratic Party.

Masatoshi Wakabayashi
若林 正俊
Leader of the Opposition
In office
16 September 2009  28 September 2009
Prime MinisterYukio Hatoyama
Preceded byYukio Hatoyama
Succeeded bySadakazu Tanigaki
Personal details
Born (1934-07-04) 4 July 1934
Nagano, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party


Wakabayashi became the third Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries appointed in Shinzō Abe's first cabinet after Toshikatsu Matsuoka killed himself as a result of financial scandal and Matsuoka's successor Norihiko Akagi resigned due to other financial scandals. He was appointed to the same position again in Abe's first reshuffled cabinet after Takehiko Endo's resignation.

After Abe's resignation, he worked under Yasuo Fukuda, who appointed Seiichi Ota his successor.


In March 2010 resigned from the Diet after being accused of pressing the voting button for fellow lawmaker Mikio Aoki, whose Diet seat was next to him, while Aoki was absent from a house plenary vote.[1][2]


Political offices
Preceded by
Takehiko Endo
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
Succeeded by
Seiichi Ota
Preceded by
Norihiko Akagi
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
Succeeded by
Takehiko Endo
Preceded by
Yuriko Koike
Minister of the Environment of Japan
Succeeded by
Ichirō Kamoshita
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