Takeo Kawamura (politician)

Takeo Kawamura (河村 建夫, Kawamura Takeo, born November 10, 1942) is a Japanese politician from the Liberal Democratic Party, who served as Chief Cabinet Secretary from 2008 to 2009, and a member of the House of Representatives from 1990 to 2021, representing the Yamaguchi 3rd district.

Takeo Kawamura
河村 建夫
Takeo Kawamura.jpg
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
24 September 2008 – 16 September 2009
Prime MinisterTarō Asō
Preceded byNobutaka Machimura
Succeeded byHirofumi Hirano
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
In office
22 September 2003 – 27 September 2004
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byAtsuko Tōyama
Succeeded byNariaki Nakayama
Personal details
Born (1942-11-10) November 10, 1942 (age 80)
Hagi, Yamaguchi, Japan
Alma materKeio University

Political careerEdit

A native of Hagi, Yamaguchi and graduate of Keio University, he worked at Seibu Oil from 1967 to 1976. Kawamura then entered politics and served four terms in the Yamaguchi Prefecture assembly from 1976, followed by his election to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990.

Kawamura served for a time as Minister of Education, Science and Technology under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, Kawamura was appointed as Chief Cabinet Secretary on September 24, 2008.[1] He also served as Minister of State for Abduction issues in the Aso Cabinet, and as Chairman of the LDP's Election Strategy Committee.[2]

Historical revisionismEdit

Affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[3] Kawamura was part of the Committee on History and Screening formed in 1993 stating that Imperial forces only waged wars of liberation and self-defense, that the Nanking Massacre and the sexual slavery system known under the 'Comfort women' euphemism were fabrications, and that textbook revisions were needed.[4]


  1. ^ "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2" Archived 2008-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.
  2. ^ Takeo Kawamura profile Archived 2019-07-22 at the Wayback Machine on LDP's website - retrieved Nov 18, 2014
  3. ^ Nippon Kaigi website
  4. ^ "Nationalisms in Japan" p.139 - edited by Naoko Shimazu - Routledge 2006
  • 政治家情報 〜河村 建夫〜. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2007-10-20. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)

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House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Multi-member constituency
Representative for Yamaguchi's 1st District (multi-member)
District eliminated
New creation Representative for Yamaguchi's 3rd District
Political offices
Preceded by Chief Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Succeeded by