Ryū Shionoya

Ryu Shionoya (塩谷 立, Shionoya Ryū, born February 18, 1950) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) and the former Minister of Education, Science and Technology.[1] He is currently serving as the chairperson of the LDP Election Strategy Committee, as well as the chairperson of Artificial Intelligence and Future Socioeconomic Strategy Headquarters [2][3] and the president of the Japan-Mekong Parliamentary Friendship Association [4].

A native of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture and graduate of Ambassador College and Keio University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990. After losing the seat in 1996, he was re-elected in 1999 but lost the seat again in 2000. He was once again re-elected in 2003.

In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tarō Asō, Shionoya was appointed on 24 September 2008 as Minister of Education, Science and Technology. This was Shionoya's first Cabinet post.[5]

He serves as Secretary General of the Japan Scout Parliamentary Association and Honorary President of the World Scout Parliamentary Union.


  1. "塩谷 立 自民党 オフィシャルサイト | プロフィール". www.ryu48.gr.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  2. "自由民主党 役員表 | 議員・役員情報 | 自由民主党". www.jimin.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  3. INC., SANKEI DIGITAL (2018-05-31). "安倍晋三首相にAI活用推進の提言 自民・人工知能戦略本部". 産経ニュース (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  4. "Official highlights cooperation between Vietnam, Japan legislatures". Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  5. "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Multi-member constituency
Representative for Shizuoka's 3rd District (multi-member)
District eliminated
Preceded by
Yasuyuki Kitawaki
Yasutomo Suzuki
Representative for Shizuoka's 8th District
Succeeded by
Yasutomo Suzuki
Political offices
Preceded by
Tsuneo Suzuki
Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Japan
Succeeded by
Tatsuo Kawabata

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