Seiken Sugiura


Seiken Sugiura (杉浦 正健 Sugiura Seiken, born July 26, 1934) is a Japanese politician and lawyer. He was named Minister of Justice[1] on October 31, 2005[2] and served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Being a Buddhist, he imposed a moratorium on executions during his time as Minister of Justice.[3]

Seiken Sugiura
杉浦 正健
Seiken Sugiura.jpg
Minister of Justice
In office
31 October 2005 – 26 September 2006
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byChieko Nōno
Succeeded byJinen Nagase
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
7 May 2004 – 31 October 2005
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byHiroyuki Hosoda
Succeeded byJinen Nagase
Personal details
Born (1934-07-26) July 26, 1934 (age 88)
Yahagi, Aichi
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
Third Realigned Koizumi Cabinet
Secretary Shinzō Abe
Internal Affairs Heizō Takenaka
Justice Seiken Sugiura
Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
Finance Sadakazu Tanigaki
Education Kenji Kosaka
Health Jirō Kawasaki
Agriculture Shoichi Nakagawa
Economy Toshihiro Nikai
Land Kazuo Kitagawa
Environment Yuriko Koike
Defense Fukushiro Nukaga
Ministers of State Tetsuo Kutsukake, Kaoru Yosano, Koki Chuma, Iwao Matsuda, Kuniko Inoguchi

He was defeated in the 2009 election by Yasuhiro Nakane, a member of the Democratic Party of Japan. He has remained engaged in discussions over the death penalty in Japan since leaving politics.[4] On October 3, 2015 he spoke at a World Day against the Death Penalty event in Tokyo, along with Hideo Hiraoka, who was justice minister under the Democratic Party of Japan.[5]


  1. ^ "Japan Housewives May Judge Killers as Lawyers Condemn Hangings". Bloomberg. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  2. ^ Yoshida, Reiji Koizumi warns ministers following gaffe by Sugiura November 2, 2005 Japan Times Retrieved October 4, 2015
  3. ^ New justice minister still not sold on death penalty November 4, 2005 Japan Times Retrieved October 4, 2015
  4. ^ Death Penalty Pros and Cons August 5, 2012 Japan Times Retrieved October 4, 2015
  5. ^ 2 ex-justice ministers join anti-death penalty rally October 3, 2015 Mainichi Shimbun Retrieved October 4, 2015
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by Chair, Lower House Committee on Judicial Affairs
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by State Minister for Foreign Affairs
Served alongside: Shigeo Uetake
Succeeded by
Preceded by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Justice of Japan
Succeeded by