|Lyon Summit Information|
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
A Personal Chronology
|Jan. 15, 1929||Born in Kagoshima Prefecture.|
|1952||Graduates from Hiroshima
University of Literature and Science.
Becomes a teacher at a Kagoshima prefectural high school.
|1963||Elected to the Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly (serves three terms).|
|1974||Elected for the first time to the House of Councillors (H.C.). Is now serving his fourth term.|
|1979||Appointed Chairman, H.C. Committee on Social and Labor Affairs.|
|1986||Appointed Chairman, H.C. Special Committee on Disasters.|
|1988||Appointed Vice-Chairman, Policy Making Board of the Japan Socialist Party (JSP; changed its English name to Social Democratic Party of Japan, or SDPJ, in Feb. 1991 and dropped the word Japan from its name, becoming SDP, in Jan. 1996).|
|1990||Appointed Chairman, H.C. Committee on Discipline.|
|1991||Named leader of a group of
Diet members from Rengo (Japanese Trade Union
Appointed Secretary for Finance, SDPJ Shadow Cabinet Committee (Shadow Minister for Finance).
|1992||Appointed SDPJ Diet Affairs Chairman for H.C. Members.|
|1993||Appointed Acting Chairman,
SDPJ Central Executive Committee.
Appointed General Secretary of the SDPJ.
|Jan. 1996||Appointed Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance.
Appointed Deputy Leader of the SDP.
Attends G-7 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Paris.
|Apr. 1996||Attends G-7 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Washington, D.C.|
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