Yoshiro Hayashi (politician)

Yoshiro Hayashi (林 義郎, Hayashi Yoshirō, 16 June 1927 3 February 2017) was a Japanese politician. In addition to being a National Diet member, he served as finance minister from 1992 to 1993.

Yoshiro Hayashi
Minister of Finance
In office
12 December 1992  9 August 1993
Prime MinisterKiichi Miyazawa
Preceded byTsutomu Hata
Succeeded byHirohisa Fujii
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
27 November 1982  27 December 1983
Prime MinisterZenkō Suzuki
Preceded byMotoharu Morishita
Succeeded byKozo Watanabe
Personal details
Born(1927-06-16)16 June 1927
Shimonoseki, Japan
Died3 February 2017(2017-02-03) (aged 89)
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
ChildrenYoshimasa Hayashi
Alma materTokyo University

Early life and education

Hayashi was born in 1927[1] and is from Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture.[2] He graduated from Tokyo University.[2]


Hayashi was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).[3] He served at the House of Representatives, also known as Diet.[4] He was first elected for the Diet in 1969.[5] He also served as health and welfare minister.[6] In August 1989, he ran for the presidency of the LDP, but Toshiki Kaifu won the election, replacing Sousuke Uno as the LDP president.[6]

He was appointed finance minister in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa on 12 December 1992.[1][7] Hayashi replaced Tsutomu Hata in the post.[7][8] Hayashi's tenure ended on 9 August 1993 when Hirohisa Fujii became finance minister.[1][7] Then he began to serve as the chairman of the Diet Members League for Sino-Japanese relations.[3] In 2003 he ended his involvement in politics[9] after serving at Diet ten times.[5]

Personal life and death

Hayashi had a daughter and a son.[10] His son, Yoshimasa, is also a politician and held different cabinet posts.[4]

Hayashi died from multiple organ failure in Tokyo on 3 February 2017 at the age of 89.[5][11]


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  2. "All other members". Kakuei Tanaka. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  3. Greg Austin; Stuart Harris (2001). Japan and Greater China: Political Economy and Military Power in the Asian Century. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-85065-473-5.
  4. "Y. Hayashi to replace Yosano as economic and fiscal policy minister". Japan Policy & Politics. Tokyo. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  5. "Obituary / Yoshiro Hayashi / Ex-Finance Minister". The Japan News. Tokyo. Jiji Press. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  6. "Kaifu wins bid to be Japanese premier". The Boston Globe. Tokyo. 8 August 1989. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2013.  via Highbeam (subscription required)
  7. C. Randall Henning (1 January 1994). Currencies and Politics in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Peterson Institute. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-88132-127-2.
  8. Leslie Helm (12 December 1992). "Japanese Cabinet Shuffle Aims to Regain Public Trust". Los Angeles Times. Tokyo. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  9. "Ex-Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi dies at 89". The Mainichi. Tokyo. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  10. "Finance Minister Gets $100 Bill as Birthday Present". Associated Press. Tokyo. 18 June 1993. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  11. "Ex-Finance Minister Hayashi dies at 89". The Japan Times. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
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