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Kōichirō Genba (玄葉 光一郎, Genba Kōichirō, born 20 May 1964) is a Japanese politician and the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2012. He is a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet, and was a member to the Democratic Party of Japan and its successor Democratic Party until its merger in 2018. He left the party briefly before the merger, and joined the Group of Independents House of Representatives caucus of other former Democrats a few days later.[1][2] A native of Tamura, Fukushima and graduate of Sophia University, he was later accepted into the prestigious Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, an institution founded by Panasonic founder Konosuke Matsushita which grooms future civic leaders of Japan. Genba was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1993 after serving in the assembly of Fukushima Prefecture for one term. In September 2011 he was chosen as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.[3]

Kōichirō Genba
玄葉 光一郎
Minister Gemba.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
2 September 2011 – 26 December 2012
Prime MinisterYoshihiko Noda
Preceded byTakeaki Matsumoto
Succeeded byFumio Kishida
Parliamentary groupGroup of Independents (May 2018–)
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
Preceded byHiroyuki Arai
Personal details
Born (1964-05-20) 20 May 1964 (age 55)
Tamura, Fukushima, Japan
Political partyIndependent (April 2018–)
Other political
  • DP (2016–2018, merger)
  • DPJ (1996–2016, merger)
  • NPS (1995–1996)
  • LDP (1991–1995)
Alma materSophia University
WebsiteOfficial website
Clinton and Gemba


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House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Masayoshi Ito
Kozo Watanabe
Yoshiyuki Hozumi
Member of the House of Representatives for
Fukushima 2nd district

Served alongside: Kozo Watanabe, Fumiaki Saitō, Yoshiyuki Hozumi, Hiroyuki Arai
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of the House of Representatives for

Served alongside: 15 others
Succeeded by
(14-member constituency)
Preceded by
Hiroyuki Arai
Member of the House of Representatives for
Fukushima 3rd district

Preceded by
Yoshito Sengoku
Minister of State for Civil Service Reform
Succeeded by
Renhō Murata
New office Minister of State for the New Public Commons
Preceded by
Satoshi Arai
Minister of State for National Policy
Succeeded by
Motohisa Furukawa
Preceded by
Banri Kaieda
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy
Minister of State for Space Policy
Preceded by
Takeaki Matsumoto
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Fumio Kishida
Party political offices
Preceded by
Masayuki Naoshima
Policy Research Council Chairman of the Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Seiji Maehara