Makoto Tanabe


Makoto Tanabe (Japanese: 田邊 誠) (February 25, 1922 – July 2, 2015) was the chairman of the former Japan Socialist Party, now known as the Social Democratic Party of Japan. He was elected to the position in 1991.[1] Tanabe was from the right wing of the party and was a reformer.[2] He served in the Japanese House of Representatives 11 times.[3] Tanabe was a supporter of giving Japanese aide to deal with the lack of food in North Korea.[4] He was also supportive of apologizing for Japan's behaviour during World War II and of giving reparations to those in Asian countries.[5] He died in 2015.[3]


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  2. ^ Banks, Arthur S.; Day, Alan J.; Muller, Thomas C. (1 February 2016). Political Handbook of the World 1998. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 479. ISBN 978-1-349-14951-3.
  3. ^ a b "Former Japan Socialist Party leader Tanabe, confidant to fallen LDP kingpin Kanemaru, dies at 93". The Japan Times. July 3, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-07-03.
  4. ^ Morris-Suzuki, Tessa. "IV. The third cycle: famine, aid and the 'Japanese wives', 1990–2001" (PDF). Re-imagining Japan – North Korea relations.
  5. ^ Weisman, Steven R. (9 December 1991). "Japan's Socialists Reproach Rulers for Refusal to Apologize for War". The New York Times.