Prime Minister of Japan

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Prime Minister of Japan
日本国内閣総理大臣
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The Seal & Standard of the Prime Minister of Japan
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Incumbent
Yoshihide Suga

since 16 September 2020
Executive Branch of the Japanese Government
Office of the Prime Minister
StatusHead of Government
AbbreviationPMOJ
Member ofCabinet
National Security Council
National Diet
ResidenceKantei
SeatTokyo, Japan
NominatorNational Diet
AppointerThe Emperor
(Naruhito
since 1 May 2019)
The monarch invites the designated prime minister confirmed by the Diet to form a government
Term lengthFour years or fewer, renewable indefinitely.[a]
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Japan
PrecursorShogun of Japan
Inaugural holderItō Hirobumi
Formation22 December 1885 (1885-12-22)
(135 years, 9 months ago)
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister of Japan
Salary¥ 40,490,000 ($377,180) annually[1]
Websitewww.kantei.go.jp

The prime minister of Japan (日本国内閣総理大臣, Naikaku sōri daijin) is the head of the government of Japan as well as the director and chief of the executive branch of the central government. The prime minister appoints the cabinet and wields the power to dismiss any cabinet minister.

The current prime minister is Yoshihide Suga since 16 September 2020.

List of prime ministers[change | change source]

Living former prime ministers[change | change source]

Number Name Tenure Date of birth Age
1 Tomiichi Murayama 1994–1996 (1924-03-03)3 March 1924 97 years, 207 days
2 Toshiki Kaifu 1989–1991 (1931-01-02)2 January 1931 90 years, 267 days
3 Yasuo Fukuda 2007–2008 (1936-07-16)16 July 1936 85 years, 72 days
4 Yoshirō Mori 2000–2001 (1937-07-14)14 July 1937 84 years, 74 days
5 Morihiro Hosokawa 1993–1994 (1938-01-14)14 January 1938 83 years, 255 days
6 Tarō Asō 2008–2009 (1940-09-20)20 September 1940 81 years, 6 days
7 Junichiro Koizumi 2001–2006 (1942-01-08)8 January 1942 79 years, 261 days
8 Naoto Kan 2010–2011 (1946-10-10)10 October 1946 74 years, 351 days
9 Yukio Hatoyama 2009–2010 (1947-02-11)11 February 1947 74 years, 227 days
10 Yoshihide Suga 2020–2021 (1948-12-06)6 December 1948 72 years, 294 days
11 Shinzo Abe 2006–2007, 2012–2020 (1954-09-21)21 September 1954 67 years, 5 days
12 Yoshihiko Noda 2011–2012 (1957-05-20)20 May 1957 64 years, 129 days

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References[change | change source]

  1. "IG.com Pay Check". IG.
  2. Updated daily according to UTC.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The Cabinet shall resign en masse after a general election of members of the House of Representatives. Their term of office is four years which can be terminated earlier. No limits are imposed on the number of terms or tenures the Prime Minister may hold. The Prime Minister is, by convention, the leader of the victorious party, though some prime ministers have been elected from junior coalition partners or minority parties.

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