Hakuo Yanagisawa

Hakuo Yanagisawa
柳澤 伯夫
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Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
In office
26 September 2006 – 27 August 2007
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Jirō Kawasaki
Succeeded by Yōichi Masuzoe
Minister of State for Financial Services
In office
6 January 2001 – 30 September 2002
Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Heizō Takenaka
Chairman of the Financial Reconstruction Commission
In office
5 December 2000 – 6 January 2001
Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori
Preceded by Hideyuki Aizawa
Succeeded by Position abolished
In office
15 December 1998 – 5 October 1999
Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Michio Ochi
Minister of State (with responsibility for Financial Reconstruction)
In office
23 October 1998 – 15 December 1998
Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Head of the National Land Agency
In office
30 July 1998 – 23 October 1998
Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi
Preceded by Hisaoki Kamei
Succeeded by Kichio Inoue
Personal details
Born (1935-08-18) August 18, 1935 (age 82)
Fukuroi, Shizuoka
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Tokyo University

Hakuo Yanagisawa (Japanese: 柳沢 伯夫, Hepburn: Yanagisawa Hakuo, August 18, 1935, in Fukuroi, Shizuoka) was the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan (2006–2007). He is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and a member of the House of Representatives. His constituency is Shizuoka Prefecture 3rd District.

In January 2007, he drew criticism for describing women as "birth-giving machines" and "baby making devices" in a speech on the falling birthrate of Japan.[1][2] He said later "it was extremely sound to have more than two children".[3]

He believes in Tenrikyo.[4]

Career[]

He is from the city of Fukuroi in Shizuoka Prefecture.[citation needed] He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo in 1961.[citation needed] In 1980 he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time, and has been elected eight times since. He was the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from July 1994 until August 1995, and the Chairman of the Committee on Health and Welfare from March 1998 to July 1998.[citation needed]

In July 1998 he was appointed to be the Minister of State for the National Land Agency by Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi, and became the Minister of State for Financial Reconstruction in October of that year.[citation needed] He was the Minister of State and Chairman of the Financial Reconstruction Commission from December 1998 to October 1999. He then reprised that role from December 2000 to January 2001.[citation needed] He was the Minister of State for Financial Services from January 2001 to September 2002, when he stepped down due to a disagreement with the minister in charge of economic and fiscal policy, Heizō Takenaka.[5] He was the Chairman of the Research Commission on the Tax System for the LDP from November 2005 to September 2006. He became the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in September 2006.[6] He is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, belonging specifically to the Kōchikai (Koga faction).

References[]

House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Bunmei Ibuki
Chair, Education Committee of House of Representatives of Japan
1995–1996
Succeeded by
Koji Futada
Preceded by
Kazuyoshi Kaneko
Chair, Health and Welfare Committee of House of Representatives of Japan
1998
Succeeded by
Yoshio Kimura
Political offices
Preceded by
Hisaoki Kamei
Head of the National Land Agency
1998
Succeeded by
Kichio Inoue
New office Minister of State (with responsibility for Financial Reconstruction)
1998
Succeeded by
Himself
as Chairman of the Financial Reconstruction Commission
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister of State (with responsibility for Financial Reconstruction)
Chairman of the Financial Reconstruction Commission
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Michio Ochi
Preceded by
Hideyuki Aizawa
Chairman of the Financial Reconstruction Commission
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister of State for Financial Services
Preceded by
Himself
as Chairman of the Financial Reconstruction Commission
Minister of State for Financial Services
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Heizō Takenaka
Preceded by
Jirō Kawasaki
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Yōichi Masuzoe
Party political offices
Preceded by
Yūji Tsushima
Chairman of the Tax Research Council of the Liberal Democratic Party
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Kaoru Yosano