Toranosuke Katayama

Toranosuke Katayama (片山 虎之助, Katayama Toranosuke) (born 2 August 1935) is a Japanese politician who held different cabinet posts. He is a former member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and currently one of leaders of Nippon Ishin no Kai.

Toranosuke Katayama
片山 虎之助
Leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai
Assumed office
23 August 2016
Serving with Ichirō Matsui
Preceded byTōru Hashimoto
Member of the House of Councillors
Assumed office
23 July 1989
ConstituencyNational PR
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
In office
6 January 2001  22 September 2003
Prime MinisterYoshirō Mori
Junichiro Koizumi
Succeeded byTarō Asō
Personal details
片山 虎之助 (Katayama Toranosuke)

(1935-08-02) 2 August 1935
Kasaoka, Okayama, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party (1989–2010)
Sunrise Party of Japan (2010–2012)
Japan Restoration Party (2012–2014)
Japan Innovation Party (2014–2015)
Nippon Ishin no Kai (2015–present)
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo

Early life and education

Katayama was born in Okayama Prefecture on 2 August 1935.[1] He graduated from the University of Tokyo's faculty of law in March 1958.[2]


Katayama began his career at the agency of Home Affairs in April 1958. He became vice governor of Okayama Prefecture in April 1985. He was elected to the House of Councilors in July 1989, being a member of the LDP[1] He was elected to the House for the second term in July 1995, for the third term in July 2001 and for the fourth term in July 2001.[2]

In the LDP, Katayama was part of the faction headed by Ryutaro Hashimoto[3][4] and then of the Tsushima faction at the beginning of the 2002s.[5]

After holding different roles in the House, he was appointed minister of posts and telecommunications, minister of home affairs, and also, director-general of the management and coordination agency in December 2000.[1] In January 2001, Katayama was named as the minister for public management, home affairs, posts and telecommunications.[1] On 8 February 2002, Katayama was appointed minister of public management in the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.[3] He retained his post in the cabinet reshuffle on 8 December 2002.[6] Later he became secretary general of the LDP in the upper house in July 2004.[2][7] Until 2007 Katayama was the number two or deputy leader of the party's upper house group and also, the leader of its campaign strategy.[8][9] Katayama lost his seat in the upper house in the 2007 election.[8]

Katayama left the LDP when the party set an age limit of 70 for candidates in the House of Councillors proportional representation bloc election in 2010.[10] As a result, he joined the now-defunct Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan).[11] He was reelected to the upper house for the fifth term in July 2010, representing the Sunrise Party of Japan.[2] He was also the secretary-general of the House of Councillors of the party.[2] Next he became a member of the Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), which is led jointly by Tōru Hashimoto and Shintaro Ishihara.[11] He began to represent the party at the House and is a member of the House's committee on general affairs.[2]

After the JRP disbanded, he joined the Japan Innovation Party. On 2 September 2015, he joined Initiatives from Osaka.[12]


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  11. Yoshida, Reiji (15 December 2012). "Can LDP take Upper House as well?". The Japan Times. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  12. Ishin’s Katayama to join Hashimoto’s planned new party Japan Times. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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