Minister of Justice (Japan)

Summary

The Minister of Justice (法務大臣, Houmu Daijin) is a member of the Cabinet of Japan and is the leader and chief executive officer of the Ministry of Justice. The minister is nominated by the Prime Minister of Japan and is appointed by the Emperor of Japan.

Minister of Justice
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Emblem of the Government of Japan
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Incumbent
Yoshihisa Furukawa

since 4 October 2021
Ministry of Justice
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofCabinet of Japan
Reports toPrime Minister of Japan
AppointerPrime Minister of Japan
attested to by the Emperor
FormationAugust 1, 1952; 69 years ago (1952-08-01)
DeputyAdministrative Vice-Minister of Justice
Salary¥20,916,000

The current minister is Yoshihisa Furukawa, who took office on 4 October 2021.

PowersEdit

By law, the Minister of Justice is authorized to order executions of any inmate on death row at anytime, making the position highly influential. The Minister is also authorized to deport or grant any foreigner residential or permanent visas.

List of Ministers of Justice (2001–)Edit

  Liberal Democratic
  Democratic

Justice Minister Term of office Prime Minister
# Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Days
1   Masahiko Kōmura January 6, 2001 April 26, 2001 110 Yoshirō Mori
2   Mayumi Moriyama April 26, 2001 September 22, 2003 879 Junichiro Koizumi
3   Daizō Nozawa September 22, 2003 September 27, 2004 371
4   Chieko Nōno September 27, 2004 October 31, 2005 399
5   Seiken Sugiura October 31, 2005 September 26, 2006 330
6   Jinen Nagase September 26, 2006 August 27, 2007 335 Shinzō Abe
7   Kunio Hatoyama August 27, 2007 August 2, 2008 341
Yasuo Fukuda
8   Okiharu Yasuoka August 2, 2008 September 24, 2008 53
9   Eisuke Mori September 24, 2008 September 16, 2009 357 Taro Aso
10   Keiko Chiba September 16, 2009 September 7, 2010 356 Yukio Hatoyama
Naoto Kan
11   Minoru Yanagida September 7, 2010 November 22, 2010 76
12   Yoshito Sengoku November 22, 2010 January 14, 2011 53
13   Satsuki Eda January 14, 2011 September 2, 2011 231
14   Hideo Hiraoka September 2, 2011 January 13, 2012 133 Yoshihiko Noda
15   Toshio Ogawa January 13, 2012 June 4, 2012 143
16   Makoto Taki June 4, 2012 October 1, 2012 119
17   Keishu Tanaka October 1, 2012 October 23, 2012 22
18
(16)
  Makoto Taki October 23, 2012 December 26, 2012 64
19   Sadakazu Tanigaki December 26, 2012 September 3, 2014 616 Shinzō Abe
20   Midori Matsushima September 3, 2014 October 20, 2014 47
21   Yōko Kamikawa October 20, 2014 October 7, 2015 352
22   Mitsuhide Iwaki October 7, 2015 August 3, 2016 301
23   Katsutoshi Kaneda August 3, 2016 August 3, 2017 365
24
(21)
  Yōko Kamikawa August 3, 2017 October 2, 2018 425
25   Takashi Yamashita October 2, 2018 September 11, 2019 344
26   Katsuyuki Kawai September 11, 2019 October 31, 2019 50
27   Masako Mori October 31, 2019 September 16, 2020 321
28
(21)
  Yōko Kamikawa September 16, 2020 October 4, 2021 383 Yoshihide Suga
29   Yoshihisa Furukawa October 4, 2021 Incumbent 227 Fumio Kishida

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