Yohei Kono, appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs in the cabinet formed by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on June 30, 1994, and reappointed to the post in the August 1995 reshuffling of the cabinet, is the former president of the Liberal Democratic Party, the largest party in both houses of the National Diet. Now in his tenth term in the House of Representatives, Kono's rich political experience includes service as Director General of the Science and Technology Agency and Chief Cabinet Secretary during the period of LDP rule. In July 1993, when the LDP left power for the first time since its inception, Kono assumed the presidency of the party, and he has endeavored to reinvigorate the LDP. He chose not to run for reelection as party president, however, and stepped down from the post in September 1995.
January 15, 1937
- Born in Kanagawa Prefecture.
- Graduates from Waseda Universityﾕs Department of Political Science and Economics. Joins Marubeni Corp.
- Studies in a postgraduate program at Stanford University.
- Elected to the House of Representatives as a member of the LDP (now serving tenth term).
- Appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education.
- Leaves the LDP to become chairman of the New Liberal Club.
- Appointed Director General of the Science and Technology Agency.
- Rejoins the LDP.
- Appointed chairman of the LDP Research Commission on Foreign Affairs.
- Appointed director of the LDP Political Reform Headquarters' Party Reform Division. Appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary.
- Elected president of the LDP.
- Appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- Attends the G-7 Summit in Naples. Accompanies Prime Minister Murayama on a visit to the Republic of Korea. Attends the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conferences in Bangkok.
- Visits Brazil and Argentina.
- Attends the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. Attends the Quadrilateral Ministerial Meeting in Los Angeles. Attends the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
- Attends the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Jakarta.
- Accompanies Prime Minister Murayama on visit to the United States.
- Attends the NPT Review and Extension Conference in New York. Visits Croatia and Hungary.
- Attends the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Paris.
- Attends the G-7 Summit in Halifax. Accompanies Prime Minister Murayama on visit to France.
- Attends the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conferences in Brunei.
- Reappointed Minister for Foreign Affairs. Visits Thailand and Cambodia. Attends the Japan-Australian Ministerial Committee Meeting in Canberra.
- Attends the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
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