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Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (外務大臣 Gaimu Daijin?) of Japan is the Cabinet member responsible for Japanese foreign policy and the chief executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since the end of the American occupation of Japan, the position has been one of the most powerful in the Cabinet, as Japan's economic interests have long relied on external relations. The recent efforts of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to establish a more interventionist foreign policy have also heightened the importance of the position.

The position is currently held by Fumio Kishida.

List of ministers

  • Italics indicates subject served as Acting Foreign Minister.
  • Bold indicates subject served concurrently as Prime Minister for a period of time.
# Image Name Took office Left office
1 90px Inoue Kaoru 1885 1887
90px Itō Hirobumi 1887 1888
2 90px Ōkuma Shigenobu
(1st)
1888 1889
3 90px Aoki Shūzō
(1st)
1889 1891
4 90px Enomoto Takeaki 1891 1892
5 90px Mutsu Munemitsu 1892 1896
6 90px Saionji Kinmochi
(1st)
1896 1896
2 90px Ōkuma Shigenobu
(2nd)
1896 1897
7 90px Nishi Tokujirō 1897 1898
2 90px Ōkuma Shigenobu
(3rd)
1898 1898
3 90px Aoki Shūzō
(2nd)
1898 1900
8 90px Katō Takaaki
(1st)
1900 1901
9 90px Sone Arasuke 1901 1901
10 90px Komura Jutarō
(1st)
1901 1906
8 90px Katō Takaaki
(2nd)
1906 1906
6 90px Saionji Kinmochi
(2nd)
1906 1906
11 90px Hayashi Tadasu 1906 1908
12 90px Terauchi Masatake
(1st)
1908 1908
10 90px Komura Jutarō
(2nd)
1908 1911
13 90px Uchida Kosai
(1st)
1911 1912
14 90px Katsura Tarō 1912 1913
8 90px Katō Takaaki
(2nd)
1913 1913
15 90px Makino Nobuaki 1913 1914
8 90px Katō Takaaki
(3rd)
1914 1915
2 90px Ōkuma Shigenobu
(4th)
1915 1915
16 90px Ishii Kikujirō 1915 1916
12 90px Terauchi Masatake
(2nd)
1916 1916
17 90px Motono Ichirō 1916 1918
18 90px Gotō Shinpei 1918 1918
13 90px Uchida Kosai
(2nd)
1918 1923
19 90px Yamamoto Gonnohyōe 1923 1923
20 90px Ijuin Hikokichi 1923 1924
21 90px Matsui Keishirō 1924 1924
22 90px Kijūrō Shidehara
(1st)
1924 1927
23 90px Tanaka Giichi 1927 1929
22 90px Kijūrō Shidehara
(2nd)
1929 1931
24 90px Inukai Tsuyoshi 1931 1932
25 90px Kenkichi Yoshizawa 1932 1932
26 90px Saitō Makoto 1932 1932
13 90px Uchida Kosai
(3rd)
1932 1933
27 90px Kōki Hirota
(1st)
1933 1936
28 90px Hachirō Arita
(1st)
1936 1937
29 90px Senjuro Hayashi 1937 1937
30 90px Naotake Satō 1937 1937
27 90px Kōki Hirota
(2nd)
1937 1938
31 90px Kazushige Ugaki 1938 1938
32 90px Fumimaro Konoe 1938 1938
28 90px Hachirō Arita
(2nd)
1938 1939
33 90px Nobuyuki Abe 1939 1939
34 90px Kichisaburō Nomura 1939 1940
28 90px Hachirō Arita
(3rd)
1940 1940
35 90px Yōsuke Matsuoka 1940 1941
36 90px Teijirō Toyoda 1941 1941
37 90px Shigenori Tōgō
(1st)
1941 1942
38 90px Hideki Tōjō 1942 1942
39 Masayuki Tani 1942 1943
40 90px Mamoru Shigemitsu
(1st)
1943 1945
41 90px Kantarō Suzuki 1945 1945
37 90px Shigenori Tōgō
(2nd)
1945 1945
40 90px Mamoru Shigemitsu
(2nd)
1945 1945
43 90px Shigeru Yoshida
(1st)
1945 1947
90px Tetsu Katayama 1947 1947
44 90px Hitoshi Ashida 1947 1948
43 90px Shigeru Yoshida
(2nd)
1948 1952
45 90px Katsuo Okazaki 1952 1954
40 90px Mamoru Shigemitsu
(3rd)
1954 1956
90px Tanzan Ishibashi 1956 1956
46 90px Nobusuke Kishi 1956 1957
47 90px Aiichiro Fujiyama 1957 1960
48 90px Zentaro Kosaka
(1st)
1960 1962
49 90px Masayoshi Ōhira
(1st)
1962 1964
50 90px Shiina Etsusaburo 1964 1966
51 90px Takeo Miki 1966 1968
90px Eisaku Satō 1968 1968
52 90px Kiichi Aichi 1968 1971
53 90px Takeo Fukuda 1971 1972
49 90px Masayoshi Ōhira
(2nd)
1972 1974
54 Toshio Kimura 1974 1974
55 90px Kiichi Miyazawa 1974 1976
48 90px Zentaro Kosaka
(2nd)
1976 1976
56 Iichirō Hatoyama 1976 1977
57 90px Sunao Sonoda
(1st)
1977 1979
58 Saburo Okita 1979 1980
59 Masayoshi Ito 1980 1981
57 Sunao Sonoda
(2nd)
1981 1981
60 Yoshio Sakurauchi 1981 1982
61 Shintaro Abe 1982 1986
62 Tadashi Kuranari 1986 1987
63 90px Sōsuke Uno 1987 1989
64 Hiroshi Mitsuzuka 1989 1989
65 Taro Nakayama 1989 1991
66 90px Michio Watanabe 1991 1993
67 Kabun Muto 1993 1993
68 Tsutomu Hata 1993 1994
69 Koji Kakizawa 1994 1994
70 90px Yohei Kono
(1st)
1994 1996
71 Yukihiko Ikeda 1996 1997
72 90px Keizō Obuchi 1997 1998
73 90px Masahiko Kōmura
(1st)
1998 1999
70 90px Yohei Kono
(2nd)
1999 2001
74 90px Makiko Tanaka 2001 2002
75 90px Junichiro Koizumi 2002 2002
76 90px Yoriko Kawaguchi 2002 2004
77 90px Nobutaka Machimura
(1st)
2004 2005
78 90px Tarō Asō 2005 2007
77 90px Nobutaka Machimura
(2nd)
2007 2007
73 90px Masahiko Kōmura
(2nd)
2007 2008
79 90px Hirofumi Nakasone 2008 2009
80 90px Katsuya Okada 2009 2010
81 90px Seiji Maehara 2010 2011
90px Yukio Edano (acting) 2011 2011
82 90px Takeaki Matsumoto 2011 2011
83 90px Kōichirō Genba 2011 2012
84 90px Fumio Kishida 2012 Present

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