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Third Realigned Koizumi Cabinet
Secretary Shinzo Abe
Internal Affairs Heizo Takenaka
Justice Seiken Sugiura
Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
Finance Sadakazu Tanigaki
Education Kenji Kosaka
Health Jirō Kawasaki
Agriculture Shoichi Nakagawa
Economy Toshihiro Nikai
Land Kazuo Kitagawa
Environment Yuriko Koike
Defense Fukushiro Nukaga
Ministers of State Tetsuo Kutsukake, Kaoru Yosano, Koki Chuma, Iwao Matsuda, Kuniko Inoguchi

Jirō Kawasaki (川崎二郎 Kawasaki Jirō ?, born November 15, 1947) is a Japanese politician who served as Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

Kawasaki was born in Shiogama, Miyagi. His father and grandfather were both politicians.

He attended Keio University and graduated with a degree in Commerce. After several years working at Matsushita, Kawasaki won a seat in the House of Representatives, representing Mie Prefecture in 1980.

Kawasaki is a long-time rival of Hiroshi Nakai of the Democratic Party of Japan, and the two have repeatedly challenged each other for seats representing Mie in the Diet.

He served as Minister of Transportation under Keizo Obuchi, and later as Director of the Hokkaido Development Agency. On October 31, 2005, Junichiro Koizumi chose Kawasaki to head the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.


"We must regret having given him (Horie) too much credit." Asahi Shimbun January 25, 2006

“I do not think that Japan should ever become a multi-ethnic society.” The New York Times, April 22, 2009.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Hidehisa Otsuji
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
Succeeded by
Hakuo Yanagisawa


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