Nobuteru Ishihara


Nobuteru Ishihara (石原 伸晃, Ishihara Nobuteru, born April 19, 1957) is a Japanese politician who was Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party from 2010 to 2012.[1]

Noboteru Ishihara
石原 伸晃
Ishihara Nobuteru - Wakaba Station - 20100703.JPG
Nobuteru Ishihara speaking in Saitama Prefecture (2010)
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
In office
28 January 2016 – 3 August 2017
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byAkira Amari
Succeeded byToshimitsu Motegi
Minister of the Environment and Minister of State for Corporation in Nuclear Emergency Preparedness
In office
26 December 2012 – 3 September 2014
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byHiroyuki Nagahama
Succeeded byYoshio Mochizuki
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
In office
22 September 2003 – 27 September 2004
Prime MinisterJunichirō Koizumi
Preceded byChikage Oogi
Succeeded byKazuo Kitagawa
Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
In office
26 April 2001 – 22 September 2003
Prime MinisterJunichirō Koizumi
Preceded byRyūtarō Hashimoto
Succeeded byKazuyoshi Kaneko
Personal details
Born (1957-04-19) 19 April 1957 (age 65)
Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materKeio University

He was born in Zushi, Kanagawa, the son of author and former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara. He attended Keio Gijuku High School and graduated from the literature faculty of Keio University in 1981. After university, he worked as a political reporter for Nippon Television, covering the Finance and Foreign Ministries and the Prime Minister.

In 1990 he was elected to the House of Representatives as representative for the Fourth District of Tokyo under the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ticket. He was appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1996. Under Junichiro Koizumi's first Cabinet in 2001, he became Minister of State for Administrative and Regulatory Reform. He served as Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport from 2003 to 2004, and was chairman of the Highways Committee of the LDP Policy Affairs Research Council from 2005 to 2007.[2]

Following Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's resignation, Ishihara stood as a candidate for the LDP presidency. In the leadership election, held on September 22, 2008, Taro Aso won with 351 of the 527 votes; Ishihara placed fourth with 37 votes.[3]

Ishihara was named as a potential LDP candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial election in Tokyo, but along with fellow LDP legislators Yuriko Koike, Tamayo Marukawa and Satsuki Katayama, performed poorly in a December 2013 poll against Yoichi Masuzoe and Hideo Higashikokubaru.[4][5]

Ishihara is currently head of the Kinmirai Seiji Kenkyūkai faction of the LDP.[6]

He lost his seat in the 2021 Japanese general election.[7] After the elections he was appointed as an advisor to the Kishida Cabinet but he resigned after a week when it emerged the local LDP chapter he heads, had received subsidies intended for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]


  1. ^ "Abe names Ishiba as LDP secretary-general". Japan Today. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Profile". Member of the House of Representatives Nobuteru Ishihara. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Aso elected LDP head", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 22 September 2008.
  4. ^ "都知事選「勝てる候補」は? 自民、7氏選び世論調査". 日本経済新聞. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  5. ^ "東国原氏、舛添氏が人気 自民調査". 日刊スポーツ. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 23日まで有権者の意向を探る世論調査を行った結果、国会議員に対する支持は低く、党内に擁立論がある舛添要一元厚労相(65)や、党が出馬を警戒する東国原英夫前衆院議員(56)が、一定の支持を集めたことが分かった。
  6. ^ "Kinmirai Heisei Kenkyūkai". Member of the House of Representatives Nobuteru Ishihara. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  7. ^ Murakami, Sakura; Park, Ju-min; Takenaka, Kiyoshi (November 2021). "Japan's Kishida defies expectations as ruling LDP easily keeps majority". Reuters.
  8. ^ "Ishihara quits as special adviser to Cabinet after week in job". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport of Japan
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Minister of State for Corporation in Nuclear Emergency Preparedness
Preceded by Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Chair, Policy Research Council of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Preceded by Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head of Kinmirai Seiji Kenkyūkai
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Shigeru Kasuya
Ichirō Takahashi
Zenmei Matsumoto
Mitsu Kaneko
Naohiko Ōkubo
Representative for Tokyo 4th district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Hiroshi Yamada, Zenmei Matsumoto, Shigeru Kasuya, Ichirō Takahashi, Tamako Toguchi, Masato Okita
District eliminated
New district Representative for Tokyo 8th district
Succeeded by
Harumi Yoshida
Preceded by Chair, Committee on Judicial Affairs of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by