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Viscount Toshisada Maeda (前田利定, Maeda Toshisada, 10 December 1874 – 2 October 1944) was a politician and cabinet minister in the pre-war Empire of Japan.

Toshisada Maeda
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Born(1874-12-10)December 10, 1874
Tokyo, Japan
DiedOctober 2, 1944(1944-10-02) (aged 69)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupationpolitician, cabinet minister


Toshisada Maeda was born in Tokyo, as the eldest son of Maeda Toshiaki, the final daimyō of Nanokaichi Domain in Kōzuke Province, and inherited his father’s kazoku peerage title of shishaku (viscount). His brother, Toshinari, was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army

Toshisada Maeda was a graduate of Tokyo Imperial University. He served briefly in the infantry during the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894, and afterwards assumed his family’s seat in the House of Peers of the Diet of Japan. In 1922, he was appointed Communications Minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Katō Tomosaburō. He subsequently served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Kiyoura Keigo as Minister of Agriculture and Commerce. He retired from public life in January 1944, and died in October of the same year. He was posthumously awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasures, 1st class.

Maeda studied poetry under Sasaki Nobutsuna. His daughter married post-war Foreign Minister Katsuo Okazaki.

Family treeEdit

Matsushita Uemon
Yasuda Koichiro
Toku Eda
Mastsushita Kusunoki
Hirata Tosuke
Maeda Toshiaki
Mitsui Takamine
Tetsujiro Nakao
Jun Iue
Yurou Iue
Toshio Iue
Konosuke Matsushita
Eiji Hirata
Maeda Toshisada
Mitsui Hachirōemon
Satoshi Iue
Matsushita Sachiko
Masaharu Matsushita
Hirata Katsumi
Iue Toshimasa
Hiro Matsushita
Masayuki Matsushita
Political offices
Preceded by
Okano Keijirō
Minister of Agriculture & Commerce
Jan 1924 – Jun 1924
Succeeded by
Takahashi Korekiyo
Preceded by
Noda Utarō
Communications Minister
Jun 1922 – Sept 1923
Succeeded by
Inukai Tsuyoshi