Ryota Takeda


Ryota Takeda (武田 良太, Takeda Ryōta, born April 1, 1968) is a Japanese politician who served as the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications from September 2020 to October 2021. A member of the Liberal Democratic Party, he previously served as the Minister in Charge of Public Safety, Measures for National Land Strengthening and Disaster Management.

Ryota Takeda
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Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
In office
16 September 2020 – 4 October 2021
Prime MinisterYoshihide Suga
Preceded bySanae Takaichi
Succeeded byYasushi Kaneko
Minister of Public Safety, Measures for National Land Strengthening and Disaster Management
In office
11 September 2019 – 16 September 2020
Prime MinisterShinzo Abe
Preceded byJunzo Yamamoto
Succeeded byHachiro Okonogi
Member of House of Representatives
Assumed office
Preceded byKozo Yamamoto
ConstituencyFukuoka 11th district
Personal details
Born (1968-04-01) 1 April 1968 (age 54)
Fukuchi, Fukuoka, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic
Alma materWaseda University
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

Takeda was born in Akaike in Tagawa District, Fukuoka (now part of Fukuchi, Fukuoka). His father, Rokusuke Tanaka, was a member of the House of Representatives.

Takeda graduated from Waseda University with a degree in English literature.

Political careerEdit

Before starting his political career, Takeda worked as an aide to Shizuka Kamei.

In 1993 Japanese general election, he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives for the Fukuoka 4th district to replace his father, but was defeated. In 1996 Japanese general election, he ran again for the Fukuoka 11th district, but was defeated again. In 2000 Japanese general election, he ran again for the same district, but came in second place. In 2003 Japanese general election, on his fourth attempt, he finally won the seat.

Takeda then served as Acting Director of the LDP National Defense Division, Deputy Director of the LDP Agriculture and Forestry Division, Parliamentary Secretary for Defense under Prime Ministers Yasuo Fukuda and Taro Aso, Director of the LDP Public Speeches Division, and Chairman of the Security Committee for the House of Representatives.[1]

In September 2019, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed Takeda as the Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, and minister in charge of administrative reform, civil service reform, building national resilience, and disaster management.[2] Takeda was subject to a no confidence motion in 2019 after proposing legislation that would allow the cabinet to extend the term of senior prosecutors, amid controversy over the deferred retirement of a top Tokyo prosecutor Hiromu Kurokawa.[3]

He was appointed to head the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in September 2020, under newly elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. One of his initial priorities in this role was lowering mobile phone rates in Japan.[4]

Political viewsEdit

Takeda is affiliated with the nationalist organization Nippon Kaigi.[5]


  1. ^ jimin.jp/english/profile/members/114774.html - retrieved Nov 19, 2014
  2. ^ "Lineup of Japan's new Cabinet". Kyodo News+. Retrieved September 17, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Japan Lower House Panel Vote on Prosecutor Bill Delayed". nippon.com. May 15, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "Japan's Suga puts regulatory reform at center of new government". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Nippon Kaigi website

External linksEdit

  • Official website in Japanese.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
Succeeded by