Prime Minister of Japan

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Prime Minister of Japan
内閣総理大臣
Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe Official.jpg
Incumbent
Shinzō Abe

since 26 December 2012
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceKantei
NominatorNational Diet
AppointerHIM The Emperor
Term lengthFour years or fewer, renewable indefinitely.[a]
Inaugural holderItō Hirobumi
Formation22 December 1885; 133 years ago (1885-12-22)
Websitewww.kantei.go.jp

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.

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 95 years, 287 days
2 Toshiki Kaifu 1989–1991 (1931-01-02)2 January 1931 88 years, 347 days
3 Yasuo Fukuda 2007–2008 (1936-07-16)16 July 1936 83 years, 152 days
4 Yoshirō Mori 2000–2001 (1937-07-14)14 July 1937 82 years, 154 days
5 Morihiro Hosokawa 1993–1994 (1938-01-14)14 January 1938 81 years, 335 days
6 Tarō Asō 2008–2009 (1940-09-20)20 September 1940 79 years, 86 days
7 Junichiro Koizumi 2001–2006 (1942-01-08)8 January 1942 77 years, 341 days
8 Naoto Kan 2010–2011 (1946-10-10)10 October 1946 73 years, 66 days
9 Yukio Hatoyama 2009–2010 (1947-02-11)11 February 1947 72 years, 307 days
10 Yoshihiko Noda 2011–2012 (1957-05-20)20 May 1957 62 years, 209 days

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References[change | change source]

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  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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