Takeshi Maeda


Takeshi Maeda (前田 武志, Maeda Takeshi, born October 22, 1937) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a former member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Yoshino District, Nara, he graduated from Kyoto University and received a master's degree from it. After serving in the House of Representatives for four terms, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 2004. In September 2011 he was appointed as Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in the cabinet of newly appointed prime minister Yoshihiko Noda.[1][2] However, Maeda left the ministry the following year after a series of censure motions [3] were passed by the House of Councillors in April 2012, which required prime minister Noda to dismiss both Maeda and the Minister of Defence Naoki Tanaka in order to get support from the opposition parties to pass his plan to increase Japan's consumption tax rate.[4] Maeda retired from the House of Councillors after his term expired in 2016.[5]

Takeshi Maeda
前田 武志
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House of Councillors
In office
Personal details
Born (1937-10-22) October 22, 1937 (age 84)
Alma materKyoto University


  1. ^ Japan Times, "Cabinet Profiles: Noda Cabinet", 3 September 2011, p. 3.
  2. ^ Aoki, Mizuho, "Maeda eyes Eco-point plan to revive Tohoku", Japan Times, 13 September 2011, p. 3.
  3. ^ Japan Times, "LDP readies two censure motions", 18 April 2012
  4. ^ Japan Times, "Cabinet reshuffle for convenience", 6 June 2012
  5. ^ Takeshi Maeda, "[1]",


  • 政治家情報 〜前田 武志〜. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-11-17. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)

External linksEdit

  • Official website in Japanese.