Monday, August 31, 2009

Prime Minister of Japan Yukio Hatoyama

Yukio Hatoyama (born 11 February 1947) is the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and represents the 9th district of Hokkaidō in the House of Representatives. He is set to become the next Prime Minister of Japan in September 2009, following a win by the opposition coalition in the 2009 elections.

Hatoyama, who was born in Tokyo, is the grandson of former Prime Minister Ichirō Hatoyama, and son of former Foreign Minister Iichirō Hatoyama. His mother Yasuko is a daughter of Shojiro Ishibashi, the founder of Bridgestone Corporation. He and his brother Kunio Hatoyama are fourth generation politicians of the Hatoyama family. He graduated from University of Tokyo and received a Ph.D. in managerial engineering from Stanford University. He worked as a a research assistant at University of Tokyo and later moved to Senshu University and was promoted to assistant professor.
Hatoyama ran for a seat in Hokkaido`s 38th district and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 representing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In 1993 he left the LDP to form the New Party Sakigake with Naoto Kan, Masayoshi Takemura and Shuhei Tanaka. He and Kan then left to join the newly formed Democratic Party of Japan.

He became DPJ Party Chairman and leader of the opposition from 1999 to 2002, when he resigned after taking responsibility for the confusion that arose from rumors of mergers with Ichirō Ozawa's then Liberal Party. He was Secretary-General of the DPJ before he succeeded Ozawa as party leader following Ozawa's resignation on 11 May 2009. Hatoyama was chosen by fellow party representatives on 16 May 2009, winning 124 of the 219 votes and defeating rival Katsuya Okada.
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