Tatsuya Hori

Tatsuya Hori (堀 達也, Hori Tatsuya, born November 22, 1935) is a Japanese politician. He was director of the Hokkaidō-Kitami University. From 1995 he served as governor of Hokkaidō for two terms totalling 8 years. He was chairman of the board of Sapporo University. He was associate professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture.

Tatsuya Hori (堀 達也, Hori Tatsuya)
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5th Governor of Hokkaidō
In office
9 April 1995 – April 2003
Preceded byTakahiro Yokomichi
Succeeded byHarumi Takahashi
Personal details
Born (1935-11-22) 22 November 1935 (age 87)
Tomakishi, Karafuto
Political partyIndependent
Alma materTokyo University of Agriculture
Occupationadministrator, politician, lecturer


Tatsuya Hori originally comes from Tomakishi, Karafuto (Vakhrushev, Sakhalin). He was raised in Engaru, Hokkaidō in Abashiri Subprefecture. In 1958 he graduated from Hokkaidō University Department of Agriculture and entered service in the Hokkaidō government.

Under Governor Takahiro Yokomichi, he was assistant director of the Public Works Department, room monitor for the governor, and municipal utility administrator. He served as lieutenant governor. In 1995 he ran and won election to the office of governor as an independent with the support of the New Frontier Party, the Japan Socialist Party, the Democratic Socialist Party, and the Justice Party. He was reelected to a second term with the support of the Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party, the Justice Party, the Social Democratic Party, and the Democratic Socialist Party.

In 1997, after the bankruptcy of the Hokkaidō Colonization Bank, he declared a state of emergency and called for a restructuring of Hokkaidō, but public utilities expenses deteriorated for which he will always be remembered. He gave up running for a third term. After stepping down as governor, he assumed the office of board chairman of Sapporo University in August 2008.[1]

Career summaryEdit

  • March 1958 graduated from the Hokkaidō University Department of Agriculture
  • April 1958 hired by the Hokkaidō Government Agency
  • June 1993 became Lieutenant Governor
  • 9 April 1995 elected Governor of Hokkaidō with 1,636,360 votes
  • 11 April 1999 re-elected Governor of Hokkaidō with 1,593,251 votes
  • 9 August 2004 became chairman of the board of Sapporo University


  1. ^ 学校法人札幌大学新理事長選任のお知らせ (in Japanese). 札幌大学. 9 August 2008. Archived from the original on 2 September 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Hokkaido
Succeeded by