Minister for Foreign Affairs

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Masahiko KOUMURA

Born in Ehime Prefecture on March 15, 1942
Member of the House of Representatives
Constituency: Yamaguchi Prefecture 1st district (Elected 9 times)

March 1965Faculty of Law, Chuo University

Sep. 2007Minister for Foreign Affairs
August 2007Minister of Defense
June 2003Chairman of the Special Committee on Prevention of International Terrorism and Japan's Cooperation and Support; Humanitarian Assistance for Reconstruction in Iraq, House of Representatives
March 2002Chairman of the Special Committee on External economic cooperation, Liberal Democratic Party
Dec. 2000Minister of Justice
July 1998Minister for Foreign Affairs
Nov. 1996Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
June 1994Director-General(Minister of State), Economic Planning Agency
Nov. 1991Chairman of the Special Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, House of Representatives
Jan. 1991Chairman of the Special Committee on Disasters, House of Representatives
March 1990Director of the National Defense Division, Liberal Democratic Party
June 1989Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Finance
Nov. 1987Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Defense Agency
June 1980Elected as member of the House of Representatives
(hence returned 8 consecutive times)
1968Registered as lawyer
1965Passed National Bar Exam