Taro Nakayama

Taro Nakayama (中山 太郎, Nakayama Tarō, born August 27, 1924) is a Japanese doctor and politician serving in the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. A native of Osaka[1] he received a Ph.D in medicine from Osaka Medical College in 1960 for the study of infantile paralysis. After serving in the assembly of Osaka Prefecture he was elected to the Diet for the first time in 1968 as a member of the House of Councilors and to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1986. From 1989 to 1990 he served as Minister for Foreign Affairs in Toshiki Kaifu's cabinet (1989–1991).

Taro Nakayama
中山 太郎
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
In office
10 August 1989  5 November 1991
Prime MinisterToshiki Kaifu
Preceded byHiroshi Mitsuzuka
Succeeded byMichio Watanabe
Personal details
Born (1924-08-27) 27 August 1924
Osaka, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party of Japan
ParentsFukuzō Nakayama dan Masa Nakayama
Alma materOsaka Medical College

Nakayama's parents, Fukuzō and Masa, were also politicians and members of the Diet, as are his brother Masaaki and nephew Yasuhide.

Nakayama also made history by hiring the first non-Japanese aide, Timothy Langley, into the Japanese Diet as was showcased on 60 Minutes.[2]


House of Councillors
Preceded by
Takenori Kato
Chair, Cabinet Affairs Committee of the House of Councillors of Japan
Succeeded by
Keikichi Masuhara
Preceded by
Mutsuo Kimura
Chair, Rules and Administration Committee of the House of Councillors of Japan
Succeeded by
Tokutaro Higaki
Political offices
Preceded by
Keizō Obuchi
Director General of Prime Minister's Office
Succeeded by
Kunio Tanabe
Director General of Okinawa Development Agency
Preceded by
Hiroshi Mitsuzuka
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Michio Watanabe
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sadanori Yamanaka
Oldest member of the House of Representatives of Japan
Succeeded by
Tetsuo Kutsukake

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