Tokuo Yamashita

In this Japanese name, the family name is Yamashita.
Tokou Yamashita
山下 徳夫
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
5 November 1991  12 December 1992
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
Preceded by Shinichiro Shimojo
Succeeded by Yuya Niwa
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
10 August 1989  26 August 1989
Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu
Preceded by Masajuro Shiokawa
Succeeded by Mayumi Moriyama
Head of the Management and Coordination Agency
In office
26 January 1986  6 November 1987
Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone
Preceded by Kazuo Tamaki
Succeeded by Osamu Takatori
Minister of Transport
In office
1 November 1984  28 December 1985
Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone
Preceded by Gichizo Hosoda
Succeeded by Hiroshi Mitsuzuka
Personal details
Born October 7, 1919
Imari, Empire of Japan
Died January 14, 2014(2014-01-14) (aged 94)
Imari, Saga, Japan
Alma mater Meiji University
Senshu University

Tokuo Yamashita (山下 徳夫 Yamashita Tokuo, 7 October 1919 – 1 January 2014) was a Japanese politician.


Born in Imari, and a graduate of Fukuoka Middle School (present-day Fukuoka Prefectural Fukuoka High School), he studied law first at Meiji University and then at Senshu University, graduating in 1944.

After honing his skills as a politician in the Saga Prefectural Assembly (where he eventually became speaker), he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1969 on a ticket from the Liberal Democratic Party. After that, he won reelection ten times in a row. In Yasuhiro Nakasone's second cabinet, he was named Transport minister. In Nakasone's third cabinet he was to lead the Management and Coordination Agency.

In Toshiki Kaifu's first cabinet he was named Chief Cabinet Secretary, but had to resign after only 16 days due to a sex scandal.[1]

In Kiichi Miyazawa's cabinet he was Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare.[2]

Between 1988 and 2003 he was chairperson of the board of trustees of his alma mater, Senshu University.

He retired from national politics in 2000, but remained an adviser for the Saga branch of the LDP.

He died in Imari on January 1, 2014.[3]


  1. "Sex scandal forces out key official". The Register Guard, Eugene, Oregon. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. 山下徳夫氏死去=元官房長官 (in Japanese). Jiji Press. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  3. 山下徳夫元厚相が死去国鉄民営化に尽力 (in Japanese). Kyodo. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
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