Kansei Nakano


Kansei Nakano (中野 寛成, Nakano Kansei, born November 26, 1940) is a Japanese politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan and the Vice-Speaker of the Lower House of the Diet.

Kansei Nakano
中野 寛成
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Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission of Japan
In office
14 January 2011 – 2 September 2011
Preceded byTomiko Okazaki
Succeeded byKenji Yamaoka
Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
In office
19 November 2003 – 8 August 2005
Preceded byKōzō Watanabe
Succeeded byTakahiro Yokomichi
Member of the House of Representatives
for Osaka 8th District
In office
5 December 1976 – 16 December 2012
Succeeded byTomohiko Kinoshita
Personal details
Born (1940-11-26) November 26, 1940 (age 82)
Nagasaki, Japan
Political partyDemocratic Party of Japan
Alma materKansai University

Nakano was born in 1940 in Nagasaki. At age four, he experienced the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. In 1963, he graduated from the Law Department of Kansai University.

Beginning his time at university in 1960, Nakano joined the Democratic Socialist Party. After being elected three times to the Toyonaka city council, he was elected to the Diet in 1976.

In 1994, Nakano joined the New Frontier Party and served as Chair of the Policy Inquiry Commission. Upon the collapse of the party, Nakano formed the New Fraternity Party, which eventually merged with other liberal parties to form the Democratic Party of Japan. He represented the Osaka 8 electoral district until 2012, when he lost to Nippon Ishin no Kai candidate Tomohiko Kinoshita.

Note: As part of Diet custom, the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House must formally secede from their party. For this reason, Nakano is sometimes referred to as an independent in official Diet information. In practice he remains a member of the DPJ.


  • Imidas 2005 Japanese Almanac ISBN 4-08-100019-0
  • Japanese Politics Central at the University of Virginia
Political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of State for the Abduction Issue
Preceded by
Renhō (Murata)
Minister of State for Civil Service Reform
Succeeded by
Renhō (Murata)
House of Representatives of Japan
New district Representative for Ōsaka 8th district
Succeeded by
Preceded by Succeeded by
Tomohiko Kinoshita
Preceded by
Representative for Ōsaka 3rd district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Osamu Fujimura, Mikio Ōmi, Issei Inoue, Ken Harada, others
District eliminated
Preceded by Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sadao Ioku
Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee of House of Representatives of Japan
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Secretary General of the Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Eisei Itō
Policy Affairs Chief of the Democratic Party
Succeeded by
New political party President of New Fraternity Party
merged into Democratic Party
Preceded by Diet Affairs Chief of the New Frontier Party