Tsuneo Suzuki

Tsuneo Suzuki (鈴木 恒夫, Suzuki Tsuneo, born February 10, 1941) is a Japanese politician serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. A native of Yokohama, Kanagawa and graduate of Waseda University, he was elected for the first time in 1986 after an unsuccessful run in 1983, both as a member of the now-defunct party New Liberal Club.[1]

A 15-year reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun, Suzuki began his career in politics as a secretary for Yōhei Kōno, the current Lower House speaker. Regarded as a close associate of Kono, Suzuki has been heavily involved in education and environment issues, including efforts to revise the Fundamental Law of Education under Shinzō Abe. Although he announced in October 2007 his intention to retire from politics at the end of this term, Suzuki was selected by Yasuo Fukuda on August 1, 2008 as the cabinet's new Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.[2]


  1. Japan Times, "Fukuda's new lineup", August 3, 2008.
  2. Japan Times, "Fukuda's new lineup", August 3, 2008.
  • 政治家情報 〜鈴木 恒夫〜. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Multi-member constituency
Representative for Kanagawa's 1st District (multi-member)
Succeeded by
Multi-member constituency
New creation Representative for Kanagawa's 7th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Kisaburō Tokai
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
August–September 2008
Succeeded by
Ryū Shionoya

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