Shinji Tarutoko

Shinji Tarutoko (樽床 伸二, Tarutoko Shinji, born 6 August 1959) is a Japanese politician and former member of the House of Representatives.

Shinji Tarutoko
樽床 伸二
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
In office
1 October 2012  26 December 2012
Prime MinisterYoshihiko Noda
Preceded byTatsuo Kawabata
Succeeded byYoshitaka Shindō
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
22 October 2017  28 January 2019
Succeeded bySumio Mabuchi
ConstituencyKinki PR
In office
31 August 2009  16 November 2012
Preceded byTomokatsu Kitagawa
Succeeded byTomokatsu Kitagawa
ConstituencyOsaka-12th
In office
19 July 1993  8 August 2005
Succeeded byTomokatsu Kitagawa
ConstituencyOsaka-12th (1996–2005)
Osaka-7th (1993–1996)
Personal details
Born (1959-08-06) 6 August 1959
Mitoya, Shimane, Japan
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Alma materOsaka University
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and education

Tarutoko was born in Shimane Prefecture on 6 August 1959. He studied at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management.[1]

Career

Tarutoko was first elected to the House of Representatives in the 1993 election as a member of the defunct Japan New Party.[1] Then he joined the Democratic Party of Japan in 1998.[1]

In June 2010, he declared his intention to run against Naoto Kan for the leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan; had he won, he would have become the next Prime Minister of Japan.[2] However, he was defeated on a 291-129 vote.[3] He was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on 1 October 2012.[1]

He lost his seat in the 16 December 2012 general election to Tomokatsu Kitagawa, who he had defeated in the 2009 election.[4] Tarutoko challenged Kitagawa again in 2014, but failed. He became the top candidate on Kibō no Tō's Kinki proportional representation list in 2017 and was elected back to the House.[5]

Tarutoko resigned his seat on 28 January 2019 to contest the Osaka 12th district by-election, which was called after Kitagawa's death.[6]

References

  1. "Profiles of ten new ministers in Noda's Reshuffled Cabinet". The Yomiuri Shimbun. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  2. "Politics". NHK. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  3. "Naoto Kan Wins Leadership Ballot, Becomes Favorite for Prime Minister"
  4. Japan Times Nothing left for the election-gutted DPJ to do but rebuild 18 December 2012
  5. "比例区開票速報:近畿ブロック(定数28)" (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  6. "比例東海・近畿 青山氏と馬淵氏、繰り上げ当選に)" (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Masao Nakamura
Ishimatsu Kitagawa
Shigeaki Haruta
Member of the House of Representatives
from Osaka 7th district (multi-member)

1993–1996
Served alongside: Yutaka Fukushima, Masao Nakamura
District eliminated
New district Member of the House of Representatives
from Osaka 12th district (single-member)

1996–2005
Succeeded by
Tomokatsu Kitagawa
Preceded by
Tomokatsu Kitagawa
Member of the House of Representatives
from Osaka 12th district (single-member)

2009–2012
Succeeded by
Tomokatsu Kitagawa
Preceded by
28-member district
Member of the House of Representatives
from the Kinki proportional block

2017–2019
Succeeded by
Sumio Mabuchi
Preceded by
Kenichi Mizuno
Chairperson of the Committee on the Environment
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Yoshio Maki
Preceded by
Akihiro Ohata
Chairperson of the Committee on Fundamental National Policies
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Keishu Tanaka
Political offices
Preceded by
Tatsuo Kawabata
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
2012
Succeeded by
Yoshitaka Shindō
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kenji Yamaoka
Chairman of the Democratic Party Diet Affairs Committee
2010
Succeeded by
Yoshio Hachiro
New office Deputy Secretary General of the Democratic Party
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Jun Azumi


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