Takenori Kanzaki


Takenori Kanzaki (神崎 武法, Kanzaki Takenori, born July 15, 1943) is a Japanese politician of the New Komeito Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). He was born in Tianjin, China during the time part of China was under Japanese occupation. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1983. From August 1993 to April 1994, he served as Minister of Posts and Telecommunications in Morihiro Hosokawa's cabinet.

Takenori Kanzaki
President of the New Komeito Party
In office
7 November 1998 – 30 September 2006
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAkihiro Ota
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications
In office
9 August 1993 – 28 April 1994
Prime MinisterMorihiro Hosokawa
Preceded byKiichi Miyazawa
Succeeded byKatsuyuki Hikasa
Personal details
Born15 July 1943
Tianjin, Republic of China
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo

Kanzaki was the Komeito's leader when the party entered into the coalition in October 1999 with the Liberal Democratic Party which it still maintains to this day. Kanzaki was a noted critic of Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori.[1] Around the time some members of the LDP were voicing opposition to a local referendum which expressed opposition to a proposed dam project along the Yoshino River, Kanzaki insisted that the voters' decision should be respected fully.[2] In 2001, he stated his support for allowing married couples to retain separate surnames.[3]

He stepped down as party leader in 2006 and became an advisor instead. Although Komeito suffered a heavy blow in the 2009 general election along with its coalition partner, Kanzaki was able to secure a position in the Diet thanks to the Kyushu PR block results. He retired from the Diet in 2010 due to kidney failure, but remained a permanent advisor to his party.


  1. ^ 【話の肖像画】公明党元代表・神崎武法(3) 腹をくくった「森降ろし」産経新聞、2018.1.10
  2. ^ Jain, Purnendra (2000). "Jumin tohyo and the Tokushima Anti-Dam Movement in Japan: The People Have Spoken". Asian Survey. 40 (4): 551–570. doi:10.2307/3021182. ISSN 0004-4687.
  3. ^ 第151回国会 - 衆議院 - 本会議 - 2号 平成13年02月05日
  • 政治家情報 〜神崎 武法〜 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2007-10-20.

External linksEdit

  • Official website in Japanese.
House of Representatives of Japan
New title
Introduction of proportional voting
Representative for the Kyūshū proportional representation block
Served alongside: 20 others
Succeeded by
Kiyohiko Tōyama
(Kōmeitō list replacement)
Preceded by
Taku Yamasaki
Yanosuke Narazaki
Representative for Fukuoka 1st district
Served alongside: Taku Yamasaki, Seiichi Ōta, Ryū Matsumoto, ...
District eliminated
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Posts and Telecommunications
Succeeded by
Katsuyuki Hikasa
Party political offices
Preceded by Executive Council Chairman of the New Frontier Party
Party dissolved
New political party President of Shintō Heiwa ("New Peace Party")
Merged into Kōmeitō
New political party President of (New) Kōmeitō ("Justice Party")
Succeeded by