Prime Minister of Japan

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The Prime Minister of Japan (内閣総理大臣 Naikaku sōri daijin?) is a position given to a person who is chosen by the Emperor of Japan and is the head of the Cabinet. Since 2006, Japanese Prime Ministers have struggled to stay in office for more than a year. Shinzo Abe resigned in September 2007 and Yasuo Fukuda resigned in September 2008, being replaced by Taro Aso. He lost an election in 2009 to Yukio Hatoyama, who resigned on June 2, 2010 after less than nine months in office. He was replaced by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who was replaced by Yoshihiko Noda on September 2, 2011.

Prime Ministers from 1982 - 2012[change | change source]

Name Term of office Dates of birth and death
Yasuhiro Nakasone 1982–1987 1918-05-27
Noboru Takeshita 1987–1989 1924-02-26 – 2000-06-19
Sōsuke Uno 1989 1922-08-27 – 1998-05-19
Toshiki Kaifu 1989–1991 1931-01-02
Kiichi Miyazawa 1991–1993 1919-10-08 – 2007-06-28
Morihiro Hosokawa 1993–1994 1938-01-14
Tsutomu Hata 1994 1935-08-24
Tomiichi Murayama 1994–1996 1924-03-03
Ryutaro Hashimoto 1996–1998 1937-07-29 – 2006-07-01
Keizo Obuchi 1998–2000 1937-06-25 – 2000-05-14
Yoshiro Mori 2000–2001 1937-07-14
Junichiro Koizumi 2001–2006 1942-01-08
Shinzo Abe 2006–2007 1954-09-21
Yasuo Fukuda 2007–2008 1936-07-16
Taro Aso 2008–2009 1940-09-20
Yukio Hatoyama 2009–2010 1947-02-11
Naoto Kan 2010–2011 1946-10-10
Yoshihiko Noda 2011–2012 1957-05-20
Shinzo Abe 2012- 1954-09-21