Masaaki Yamazaki
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Masaaki Yamazaki
Masaaki Yamazaki
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Speaker of the House of Councillors of Japan

2 August 2013 - 25 July 2016
Kenji Hirata
Chuichi Date
Personal details
Born (1942-05-24) 24 May 1942 (age 77)
?no, Fukui, Japan
Alma materNihon University

Masaaki Yamazaki ( , Yamazaki Masaaki, born May 24, 1942) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature).


With Urmas Paet (July 21, 2014)

A native of Nishitani-mura in ?no, Fukui, Yamazaki graduated the Nihon University School of Law.

He served in the city assembly of ?no for one term since 1975 and then in the assembly of Fukui Prefecture for four terms since 1979. He was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1992.

Yamazaki also served as Parliamentary Secretary for Finance (Hashimoto Cabinet), Deputy Secretary-General of LDP, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary (Koizumi Cabinet), Secretary-General for the LDP in the House of Councillors.[1]

Toshiaki Yamazaki is his eldest son.


On April 21, 2014 Yamazaki sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine, with a wooden sign showing "President of the House of Councillors Masaaki Yamazaki" next to the one with "Prime Minister Shinz? Abe".[2]

Like Abe, Yamazaki is in favor of the revision of the constitution.[3]

Both Yamazaki and Abe are affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi, which supports visits and tributes to this controversial shrine, and a restoration of monarchy and militarism.[4]

Yamazaki is a member of the following right-wing Diet groups:

  • Nippon Kaigi Diet discussion group ( - Nippon kaigi kokkai giin kondankai)
  • Diet Celebration League of the 20th Anniversary of His Majesty The Emperor's Accession to the Throne ()
  • Conference of parliamentarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (? - Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League



  1. ^ Yamazaki Masaaki profile on LDP website: (retrieved Dec 11, 2014)
  2. ^ "Yasukuni Shrine visits face strong criticism in Japan" - China Daily - April 24, 2014
  3. ^ ?2010
  4. ^ Nippon Kaigi website
  5. ^ Decoraties Staatsbezoeken Japan en Republiek Korea Archived 2014-11-04 at the Wayback Machine - website of the Dutch Royal House
  • . ? (in Japanese). JANJAN. Retrieved . External link in |work= (help)

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