Kenji Fujimori

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Kenji Fujimori
Kenji Fujimori congreso.jpg
Former Congressman Kenji Fujimori speaking in Congress in 2018
Member of Congress
In office
26 July 2011 – 6 June 2018
ConstituencyLima
Personal details
Born
Kenji Gerardo Fujimori Higuchi

(1980-05-19) 19 May 1980 (age 42)
Lima, Peru
NationalityPeruvian
Political partyCambio 21 (2018–2019)
Other political
affiliations
Popular Force (2010–2018)
Sí Cumple (2006-2010)
Spouse(s)
Ericka Muñoz Regis (m. 2020)
ParentsAlberto Fujimori
Susana Higuchi
RelativesKeiko Fujimori (sister)
Santiago Fujimori (uncle)
Alma materKansas State University
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBusinessman

Kenji Gerardo Fujimori Higuchi (born 19 May 1980), popularly known as Kenji, is a Peruvian businessman, Fujimorist politician and a former congressman representing Lima from 2011 until he was suspended from congressional duty in June 2018 in aftermath of the Kenjivideos scandal. He is the son of former President Alberto Fujimori and former First Lady and congresswoman Susana Higuchi. He has three siblings: Hiro Alberto, Sachi Marcela and Keiko Fujimori. In the 2011 elections, he ran for Congress in the constituency of Lima, under the Force 2011, a political party led by his sister Keiko, being the most voted congressman in 2011. In the 2016 elections, he was re-elected for a second term to Congress, once again representing the same constituency, under the Popular Force, as he received a high number of votes and being the most voted congressman in 2016. In June 2018, following to the "Kenjivideos" scandal, Congress suspended Kenji and two other congressmen of his party for allegations of crimes of influence peddling and bribery.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Kenji Fujimori was born on 19 May 1980 to Japanese Peruvian engineers, Alberto Fujimori, at the time dean of the science faculty of the National Agrarian University in Lima, and later President of Peru, and Susana Higuchi. He has three elder siblings. His father won the 1990 presidential elections, in 1992, he suspended the constitution and neutralized the Congress and the opposition. Kenji's mother soon disagreed with her husband, and they divorced in 1994. After this, Kenji's 19-year-old sister Keiko was named "First Lady of Peru". His father, Alberto Fujimori resigned in 2000 after a massive corruption scandal and went to exile in Japan. He was arrested in Chile in 2005, and was extradited to Peru to face trial and was sentenced to jail terms in 2007 and 2009.

Education[change | change source]

From 1999 to 2004, Kenji Fujimori studied agronomics at Kansas State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. Since 2008, he has been the general manager of a Lima private security and surveillance company. In March 2009, he founded his own enterprise, offering "independent services". Moreover, he holds executive positions in three other companies.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Peruvian Congress suspends but cannot oust Kenji Fujimori over alleged corruption". The Japan Times.
  2. "Resume on the National Jury of Elections (JNE) site". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011.