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Profile of Minister for Foreign Affairs Yohei Kono


Yohei Konoo 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.

1959

  • Graduates from Waseda Universityユs Department of Political Science and Economics. Joins Marubeni Corp.

1960

  • Studies in a postgraduate program at Stanford University.

1967

  • Elected to the House of Representatives as a member of the LDP (now serving tenth term).

1972

  • Appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education.

1976

  • Leaves the LDP to become chairman of the New Liberal Club.

1985

  • Appointed Director General of the Science and Technology Agency.

1986

  • Rejoins the LDP.

1990

  • Appointed chairman of the LDP Research Commission on Foreign Affairs.

1992

  • Appointed director of the LDP Political Reform Headquarters' Party Reform Division. Appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary.

1993

  • Elected president of the LDP.

June 1994

  • Appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

July 1994

  • 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.

August 1994

  • Visits Brazil and Argentina.

September 1994

  • 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.

November 1994

  • Attends the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Jakarta.

January 1995

  • Accompanies Prime Minister Murayama on visit to the United States.

April 1995

  • Attends the NPT Review and Extension Conference in New York. Visits Croatia and Hungary.

May 1995

  • Attends the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Paris.

June 1995

  • Attends the G-7 Summit in Halifax. Accompanies Prime Minister Murayama on visit to France.

July 1995

  • Attends the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conferences in Brunei.

August 1995

  • Reappointed Minister for Foreign Affairs. Visits Thailand and Cambodia. Attends the Japan-Australian Ministerial Committee Meeting in Canberra.

September 1995

  • Attends the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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