Taro Yamamoto near Tokyo Station on July 6, 2016
|Occupation||Actor and politician|
Yamamoto was born in Takarazuka, Hyogo; his father died shortly after his birth, and he and his two older sisters were raised by their mother, who sold Persian carpets. Yamamoto began his career as a television "talent" in 1990, appearing in dramas such as Futarikko (1996–97) and Shinsengumi! (2004). He also appeared in several films, including Battle Royale (2000) and Moon Child (2003).
Yamamoto entered politics after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in March 2011. He announced that he "would no longer be a silent accomplice of the terrorist nation Japan", and became a protester in the anti-nuclear movement. He resigned from his talent agency some time later in order to focus on activism. Yamamoto, a resident of Tokyo, flew to Saga Prefecture in July and attempted, along with a local citizens' group, to enter the governor's office to protest the restart of a power plant. He chanted phrases such as, "Protect our children!" "We don't need nuclear energy!" "Come out, Governor!" He did not get an audience with the governor, but said he was glad that he came. The scene was broadcast on television, and the Saga District Public Prosecutors Office considered pressing charges against Yamamoto. Following the incident, in early 2012, Yamamoto led a petition campaign in Tokyo to hold a referendum that would bar Tokyo Electric Power Company from continuing to run nuclear facilities.
He attempted to run for a seat in the House of Representatives during the 2012 general election, but placed second in the Tokyo 8th district and did not win a seat. He then ran an independent campaign (endorsed by the New Socialist Party) to be elected to the House of Councillors in the 2013 election, and was elected on July 21. He was supported in the election by the People's Life Party, Social Democratic Party and Greens Japan.
On October 31, 2013, Yamamoto handed a political letter to the Emperor at a non-political garden party. The letter was immediately passed to the chamberlain and was never read by the Emperor. The letter reportedly contained his complaints about the handling of the nuclear disaster. The Huffington Post reported that the action may have violated the Constitution of Japan, since the Emperor is not allowed to involve himself in political issues. The Japanese Communist Party chairman Kazuo Shii inferred that Yamamoto "didn't understand the Constitution". Various political leaders expressed their disappointment in Yamamoto's abuse of his legislative position, as well as Beat Takeshi, who called the incident "somewhat of an insult". However, the manga artist Yoshinori Kobayashi approved of the incident. On November 8, Yamamoto received an official reprimand from the Speaker of the House of Councillors, Masaaki Yamazaki. It was also announced that he will be banned from any kind of imperial events during his entire term.
In December 2013, he promised he would mobilize a million people to lay siege to the National Diet in protest of the Special Secrecy Law. In the 19th Tokyo gubernatorial election held in February 2014, he didn't support any specific candidate, and called for supporting candidates that oppose nuclear power.
In the 2014 Japanese general election, the People's Life Party (PLP) lost seats and was in danger of losing its qualification as a political party. After the election, Yamamoto joined the party, and the party name was changed to "People's Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends."
On September 2015, in a vote of security-related bills of the House of Councillors plenary session, he voted while wearing mourning garb and a rosary, and gestured to offer incense to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party.
In October 2016, the party was renamed to Liberal Party. In April 2019, the Liberal Party dissolved and merged into the Democratic Party for the People, Yamamoto formed a new party, Reiwa Shinsengumi.
- 1996 That's Cunning! Shijo Saidai no Sakusen
- 1998 Love Letter
- 1999 Big show! Hawaii ni utaeba
- 2000 Battle Royale (as Shogo Kawada)
- 2001 Hashire! Ichiro
- 2001 Rain of Light
- 2001 Go
- 2001 Genji: A Thousand-Year Love
- 2002 Through the Night
- 2003 Moon Child
- 2003 Get Up!
- 2003 Shoro nagashi
- 2004 Shinsengumi!
- 2004 Akai tsuki
- 2004 A Day on the Planet
- 2004 Izo
- 2005 Princess Raccoon
- 2005 Under the Same Moon
- 2009 Kaiji
- 2010 Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core (Skull: Message for Double)
- 2011 My Way
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