Takeo Kawamura (politician)
Takeo Kawamura (河村 建夫, Kawamura Takeo, born November 10, 1942) is a Japanese politician in the Liberal Democratic Party and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).
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. He also served as Minister of State for Abduction issues in the Aso Cabinet, and as Chairman of the LDP's Election Strategy Committee.
Affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi, 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.
- "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.
- Takeo Kawamura profile on LDP's website - retrieved Nov 18, 2014
- Nippon Kaigi website
- "Nationalisms in Japan" p.139 - edited by Naoko Shimazu - Routledge 2006
- Official website in Japanese.
|House of Representatives of Japan|
| Representative for Yamaguchi's 1st District (multi-member)
|New creation|| Representative for Yamaguchi's 3rd District
| Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan
| Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Japan