Masajuro Shiokawa

Masajūrō Shiokawa
塩川 正十郎
Minister of Finance of Japan
In office
26 April 2001  22 September 2003
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Preceded by Hikaru Matsunaga
Succeeded by Sadakazu Tanigaki
Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
In office
5 November 1991  12 December 1992
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
Preceded by Akira Fukida
Succeeded by Keijiro Murata
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
2 June 1989  10 August 1989
Prime Minister Sōsuke Uno
Preceded by Keizō Obuchi
Succeeded by Tokuo Yamashita
Personal details
Born (1921-10-13)October 13, 1921
Fuse, Osaka, Japan
Died September 19, 2015(2015-09-19) (aged 93)
Osaka, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Keio University

Masajuro Shiokawa (塩川 正十郎 Shiokawa Masajūrō, October 13, 1921 – September 19, 2015) was a Japanese politician.

Early life

Shiokawa was born in Fuse City (now Higashi-Osaka City), Osaka Prefecture. He graduated from the economics faculty of Keio University in 1944. He founded the Mitsuaki Corporation in 1946.

Political career

He was a public official in the Fuse City government from 1964 to 1966, and directed the merger to form Higashi-Osaka in 1966. In 1967, he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the 4th District of Osaka.

Shiokawa served as Parliamentary Vice Minister of International Trade and Industry from 1972 to 1973, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary from 1976 to 1977, Commerce and Industry Committee Chairman from 1979 to 1980, Minister of Transport from 1980 to 1981 (under Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki), Minister of Education from 1986 to 1987 (under PM Yasuhiro Nakasone), Chief Cabinet Secretary for three months in 1989 (under PM Sōsuke Uno), and Minister of Home Affairs from 1991 to 1992.

Although Shiokawa became Secretary-General of the LDP in 1995, he lost his seat in the 1996 general elections, and was not re-elected until 2000.

In 2001, Junichiro Koizumi tapped Shiokawa to serve as Minister of Finance.[1] He resigned in 2003 and decided not to seek re-election that year.[2][3]

Shiokawa was dean of Toyo University, director of the Kansai Shogi Hall, and active within the Japan Sumo Association.


Shiokawa died on September 20, 2015 of pneumonia in Osaka, Japan at the age of 93.[4]


  1. Sinclair, Timothy J. (2005). The new masters of capital: American bond rating agencies and the politics of creditworthiness. Cornell University Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-8014-4328-2. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  2. "46 lower house members to retire from politics". Japan Policy & Politics. October 14, 2003. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  3. "Japan: Koizumi's second chance". The Economist. September 25, 2003. Archived from the original on May 4, 2011.
  4. "Former Finance Minister Shiokawa dies at 93". Japan Times. September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Hikaru Matsunaga
Minister of Finance of Japan
Succeeded by
Sadakazu Tanigaki
Preceded by
Akira Fukida
Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
Succeeded by
Keijiro Murata
Minister of Home Affairs
Preceded by
Keizō Obuchi
Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan
Succeeded by
Tokuo Yamashita
Preceded by
Masayuki Fujio
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Kentaro Nakajima
Preceded by
Usaburo Chizaki III
Minister of Transport
Succeeded by
Tokusaburo Kosaka
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