Yuichiro Hata


Yuichiro Hata (羽田 雄一郎, Hata Yūichirō, 29 July 1967 – 27 December 2020) was a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet of Japan. A native of Setagaya, Tokyo, and graduate of Tamagawa University, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1999, a position he retained until his death in 2020. Hata was the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism from 4 June 2012 to 26 December 2012. He was the son of the late Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata.

Yuichiro Hata
羽田 雄一郎
Yūichirō Hata.jpg
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
In office
4 June 2012 – 26 December 2012
Prime MinisterYoshihiko Noda
Preceded byTakeshi Maeda
Succeeded byAkihiro Ota
Councillor for Nagano
In office
3 January 1999 – 27 December 2020
Personal details
羽田 雄一郎 (Hata Yūichirō)

(1967-07-29)29 July 1967
Tokyo, Japan
Died27 December 2020(2020-12-27) (aged 53)
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyConstitutional Democratic Party of Japan (2020)
Other political
Democratic Party of Japan (before 2018)
Democratic Party for the People (2018–2020)
Alma materTamagawa University


Hata was a member of the Itochu Foundation during his time as a student at Tamagawa University. He graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Arts in March 1993. Early in his career Hata was a secretary to his father, Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, during the latter's tenure in the House of Representatives.[1]

Hata served as member of the House of Councillors in the Diet beginning with his election in 1999.[2] He was affiliated with the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the Democratic Party for the People (DPP) after the merger of the Democratic Party and Kibō no Tō, and finally Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) after the DPP's dissolution.[3] On 4 June 2012 Hata was appointed to be the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.[1] Following the loss of the Democratic Party of Japan to the Liberal Democratic Party in the 2012 Japanese general election, Noda and his Cabinet, including Hata, were succeeded by Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet on 26 December 2012.[4] In all, he served as a legislator for five terms and was the initial Secretary-General of the Upper House caucus of the CDP at the time of his death in December 2020.[5]

Visits to Yasukuni shrineEdit

On 15 August 2012, Hata, along with National Safety Commissioner Jin Matsubara became the first cabinet ministers of the DPJ to openly visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine since the party came to power in 2009. They made their visits to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II despite requests from South Korea to refrain from doing so,[6] and despite Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda requesting his cabinet not to do so.[7]

Political positionsEdit

Generally, Hata was part of Japan's center-left political parties. He was a member of the DPJ and later, the CDP, both of which are center-left parties. He held positions consistent with the platform of those parties. He was opposed to the revision of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution that prohibits Japan from going to war. After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, he became critical of Japan's use of nuclear power, stating that the country should aim to get rid of its plants eventually and that the country should not support nuclear projects in other countries.[8] Hata was a supporter of agricultural protectionism in regards to fair trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.[9]


Yuichiro Hata died from COVID-19 in Tokyo on 27 December 2020, at 53 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan while being transported to the University of Tokyo Hospital.[2] He is the first Japanese legislator to die of the disease.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "The Cabinet - Yuichiro Hata". Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet website. Cabinet Public Relations Office. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "CDP's Hata, 53, becomes first Japanese lawmaker to die of COVID-19". The Japan Times. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  3. ^ "国民民主党、結党大会を開催" [Democratic Party for the People holds party convention]. QNew (in Japanese). 7 May 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  4. ^ "野田内閣が総辞職 民主政権、3年3カ月で幕" [Noda Cabinet resigns from administration, end of Democratic reign that lasted 3 years and 3 months]. The Nikkei (in Japanese). 26 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b "CDP lawmaker Yuichiro Hata dies from COVID-19 before test". The Asahi Shimbun. 28 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Japanese cabinet minister visits Yasukuni Shrine". AsiaOne News. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Japanese cabinet member makes controversial homage". Stuff. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  8. ^ "羽田雄一郎" [Yuichiro Hata]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). 21 July 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  9. ^ "羽田雄一郎の政見" [Political views of Yuichiro Hata]. Yuichiro Hata Official Website (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 December 2020.

External linksEdit

  • Official website in Japanese.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Succeeded by
House of Councillors
Preceded by
Mineo Koyama
Maki Murasawa
Councillor for Nagano
(class of 1947/1953/...)

Served alongside: Mineo Koyama, Hiromi Yoshida