Gen Nakatani

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Gen Nakatani
中谷 元
Gen Nakatani 4 Apr 2007 without US flag.jpg
Minister of Defense
In office
24 December 2014 3 August 2016
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Akinori Eto
Succeeded by Tomomi Inada
Director-General of the Japan Defense Agency
In office
4 April 2001 30 September 2002
Prime Minister Yoshirō Mori
Junichirō Koizumi
Preceded by Toshitsugu Saito
Succeeded by Shigeru Ishiba
Member of the House of Representatives for the Kōchi 1st district
Assumed office
14 December 2014
Preceded by Teru Fukui
Member of the House of Representatives for the Kōchi 2nd district
In office
20 October 1996 21 November 2014
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded by Yuji Yamamoto
Member of the House of Representatives for the Kōchi at-large district
In office
19 February 1990 27 September 1996
Preceded by Izumi Inoue  [ ja ], Masataro Hiraishi  [ ja ], Masao Onishi  [ ja ], Ryohei Tamura  [ ja ]
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Personal details
Born (1957-10-14) 14 October 1957 (age 63)
Kōchi
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater National Defense Academy
Military service
AllegianceFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Branch/serviceFlag of JSDF.svg  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Years of service1980–1984
Rank First Lieutenant

Gen Nakatani (中谷 元, Nakatani Gen, born 14 October 1957) is a Japanese politician who was Director General of the Japan Defense Agency (now Japan Ministry of Defense) in the first cabinet of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2001-2002 and was appointed as the Minister of Defense by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2014. [1] [2]

Nakatani was born in Kōchi and attended the National Defense Academy of Japan. He served for four years as a commissioned officer in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (20th Infantry Regiment and Airborne Training Unit).

He first ran for elected office as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate in the 1990 general election and won one of five seats representing Kōchi Prefecture, and held this seat in the 1993 general election. Following electoral reform in 1994 that divided Kōchi into three single-member districts, he successfully contested the Kōchi 2nd district in the 1996 general election and held this seat until the 2014 general election, when he switched to the Kōchi 1st district; the abolishment of the Kōchi 3rd district required the Liberal Democratic Party's Kōchi members to switch seats so that they could all remain in office. Yuji Yamamoto, who had held the 3rd district since 1996, switched to the 2nd district. Meanwhile Teru Fukui, who had held the 1st district since 1996, switched to the Shikoku proportional representation block.

Nakatani supported Koichi Kato and Taku Yamasaki's no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori in 2000, and was appointed to head the Japan Defense Agency under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in the following year.

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    Political offices
    Preceded by
    Akinori Eto
    Minister of Defense
    2014–2016
    Succeeded by
    Tomomi Inada