|Vice President of the House of Councillors of Japan|
1 August 2019
|Minister of Justice|
13 January 2012 - 4 June 2012
|Member of House of Councillors|
26 July 1998
|Born||18 March 1948|
|Alma mater||Rikkyo University|
Toshio Ogawa ( , Ogawa Toshio, born 18 March 1948) is a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party and a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). Ogawa is a former Minister of Justice. A native of Nerima, Tokyo, and a graduate of Rikkyo University, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1998 after working as a prosecutor.
In 1996, he ran for a lower house seat with support from the Democratic Party of Japan, but failed. In 1998, he ran for an upper house election, and was elected. In 2004, he again got elected in an upper house election. In 2012, he was appointed justice minister.
He was re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016, and is currently[when?] the longest serving councillor from Tokyo. When the Democratic Party merged with Kib? no T? to form the DPP in May 2018, Ogawa did not join the new party and decided to join the CDP instead.