Yuichiro Tamaki

Yuichiro Tamaki (玉木 雄一郎, Tamaki Yūichirō, born 1 May 1969) is a Japanese politician and the leader of the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP). He is a member of the House of Representatives,[2] and a former leader of Kibō no Tō.[3][4][5] Before joining Kibō, Tamaki was a member of the Democratic Party.[4]

Yuichiro Tamaki
Tamaki in 2016
Leader of the Democratic Party for the People
Assumed office
7 May 2018
Co-leader with Kohei Otsuka
(7 May–4 September 2018)
Preceded byParty established
Leader of Kibō no Tō
In office
14 November 2017[1]  7 May 2018
DeputyAtsushi Oshima
Preceded byYuriko Koike
Succeeded byShigefumi Matsuzawa
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
31 August 2009
Preceded byYoshio Kimura
Personal details
Born (1969-05-01) 1 May 1969
Sangawa, Kagawa, Japan
Political partyDPP
Other political
Kibō (2017–2018, merger)
DP (2016–2017, split)
DPJ (2005–2016, merger)
Alma materTokyo University

He supports the expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Forces' activities outside of Japan,[5] saying that the 2015 security laws should be amended instead of being repealed. Tamaki is supportive of amending the constitution, as he says that not setting out the scope of the Japan Self-Defense Forces gives Abe too much authority of what they can do. Opponents of this position, such as Hiroshi Ogushi, say that this is unnecessary. Tamaki opposes the Technical Intern Training Program, saying that it should instead by replaced with a program that specifies what industry a worker may work in and what country they may come from.[6]

Tamaki was elected as the leader of Kibō no Tō in November 2017. In May 2018, Tamaki led a majority of Kibō members to merge with the Democratic Party, forming the DPFP. Tamaki became the co-leader of the new party, along with DP leader Kohei Otsuka.[7] He would then win a 3-year term as sole party leader in September 2018.[8]


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