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Kabun Mutō

Kabun Mutō (武藤 嘉文 Mutō Kabun?, 18 November 1926 – 4 November 2009) was a Japanese politician who served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs for a brief period in 1993.

Mutō was born in Kakamigahara in Gifu Prefecture in 1926. He studied at the Kyoto University. He was later elected to the House of Representatives of Japan.

Mutō founded and directed a minority studies group serving the Japanese government. Mutō replaced Michio Watanabe as Minister for Foreign Affairs.[1] After his stint as Foreign Minister, Mutō would later hold positions at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. He subsequently retired from politics in 2005.

In March 1993 he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, for service to Australian/Japanese relations.[2]


Mutō died in a Tokyo hospital from pancreatic cancer on 4 November 2009, two weeks before his 83rd birthday.[3]


  1. ^ Harper, Alan Peter. "Japanese forge ties with African-Americans", Associated Press at Houston Chronicle. Sunday, May 9, 1993. Business 1. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  2. ^ It's an Honour
  3. ^ "Former Foreign Minister Kabun Mutō dies at 82". The Japan Times. November 4, 2009. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Michio Watanabe
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Succeeded by
Takeo Kameoka
Preceded by
Hikaru Matsunaga
Minister of International Trade and Industry
Succeeded by
Eiichi Nakao
Preceded by
Michio Watanabe
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Tsutomu Hata
Preceded by
Sekisuke Nakanishi
Head of the Management and Coordination Agency
Succeeded by
Kōkō Satō

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