Former Prime Minister of Japan
President of the World Federalist Movement of Japan since April
IPS Japan and a Trustee of 'IPS-Inter Press Service'.
Toshiki Kaifu, 76th and 77th
Prime Minister of Japan from August 1989 to November 1991.
Honorary Chairman of the Japanese Parliamentary Group on Global Poverty Eradication and Development Awareness, and EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee.
Chairman of the Japan-Germany and Japan-Austria Parliamentary Friendship Association.
Born in City of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture in 1931, Kaifu is a Japanese citizen. He graduated from Waseda University’s Department of Law in 1954. In 1960, he ran successfully for a Lower House seat as the youngest candidate and has since served 16 consecutive terms.
In 1965, he became a founder of the Japanese Peace Corps named Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV).
In 1966, he was elected as Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Labor.
In 1972, he was elected Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration, House of Representatives.
In 1974, he was appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary. He served as a Minister of Education twice in 1976 and 1985.
He served as Prime Minister from August 1989 to November 1991.
In 1994, He left LDP and was elected as the first President of the New Frontier Party till 1995 and as Council of Supreme Advisors till 1997.
He was elected as Chairman of Council of Advisors of The Liberal Party in 1999 and of The New Conservative Party from 2000 to 2002.
He rejoined Liberal Democratic Party as The New Conservative Party merged with LDP in 2003.
Articles on Mr. Kaifu:
JAPAN: Pride and Caution
Good Neighbours Needed On Way to UN
Kaifu looks back and forward on China relations