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Yoshiaki Harada (原田 義昭, Harada Yoshiaki, born October 1, 1944) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).


addressed Japan Climate Action Summit (at Toranomon Hills on October 12, 2018)

A native of Yamada, Fukuoka and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he jointed Nippon Steel in 1968 and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1970, the year in which he also passed the bar exam. While in the ministry, he attended The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the United States, a graduate school of international relations.[1] In 1990 he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time after running unsuccessfully in 1986 as an independent. After losing his seat in 1993 he was re-elected in 1996.

Harada served as senior vice education minister until May 2004, when he was forced to resign after it was found that he had falsely claimed to have graduated from the Fletcher School, even though he had not earned enough credits to do so. He was replaced in this post by Shinya Ono.[2]

Harada is married with three daughters and holds official ranks in judo, shogi and go.[1]


  1. ^ a b "プロフィール". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  2. ^ Yoshida, Reiji (2004-05-21). "False claims lead Harada to quit post". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2017-04-26.

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House of Representatives of Japan
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Hirotaka Akamatsu
Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Taimei Yamaguchi
Preceded by
Tatsuya Itō
Chair, Committee on Financial Affairs of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Kazunori Tanaka
Preceded by
Tetsuma Esaki
Chair, Special Committee on Consumer Affairs of the House of Representatives
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Yoshitaka Sakurada
Political offices
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Takeo Kawamura, Kisaburō Tokai
Senior Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Served alongside: Ichizō Miyamoto
Succeeded by
Shinya Ono, Yamato Inaba
Preceded by
Masaharu Nakagawa
Minister of the Environment
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Shinjirō Koizumi