Kazuhiro Haraguchi (原口 一博, Haraguchi Kazuhiro, born 2 July 1959) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party for the People and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).
|Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications|
16 September 2009 – 17 September 2010
|Prime Minister||Yukio Hatoyama|
|Preceded by||Tsutomu Sato|
|Succeeded by||Yoshihiro Katayama|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
21 October 1996
|Born||2 July 1959|
|DP (2016–2018, merger)|
DPJ (1998–2016, merger)
LDP (before 1993)
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo|
A native of Saga, Saga and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he was elected to the assembly of Saga Prefecture (District #1) for the first time in 1987 as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, serving there for two times. In 1996 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Saga's 1st district for the first time as a member of the New Frontier Party (Shinshinto) after running unsuccessfully in 1993 as an independent. He switched to the DPJ in 1998. He was Minister of Internal Affairs from 2009 to 2010, in Yukio Hatoyama and Naoto Kan's Cabinets.
Haraguchi studied Psychology at the University of Tokyo and attended the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management. He often appears on television in which he discusses tax, pension, and decentralization issues.
Haraguchi gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parliamentarians in 2012:
Haraguchi mentioned support for Ukraine in a YouTube video and said, "Japan is behind the neo-Nazi regime." The Ukrainian Embassy in Japan protested Haraguchi's remarks on X. Haraguchi explained, "The intention was that Russia was telling us that we were behind the neo-Nazi regime," and the Constitutional Democratic Party to which Haraguchi belongs warned him verbally.