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, and a former leader of Kibō no Tō. Before joining Kibō, Tamaki was a member of the Democratic Party.
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 by||Party established|
|Leader of Kibō no Tō|
14 November 2017 – 7 May 2018
|Preceded by||Yuriko Koike|
|Succeeded by||Shigefumi Matsuzawa|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
31 August 2009
|Preceded by||Yoshio Kimura|
|Born||1 May 1969|
Sangawa, Kagawa, Japan
|Kibō (2017–2018, merger)|
DP (2016–2017, split)
DPJ (2005–2016, merger)
|Alma mater||Tokyo University|
He supports the expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Forces' activities outside of Japan, saying that the 2015 security laws should be amended instead of being repealed.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.
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. He would then win a 3-year term as sole party leader in September 2018.
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- Osaki, Tomohiro (9 November 2017). "Kibo no To leadership contenders detail opposing views on security laws and Constitutional revision". The Japan Times.
- "New opposition party lacking in numbers after 2 parties merge". Asahi Shimbun. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Kawai, Tatsuro (4 September 2018). "Tamaki chosen to lead DPP; vows to confront Abe government". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 5 September 2018.