Toshihiro Nikai

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Toshihiro Nikai
二階 俊博
Toshihiro Nikai-20061120.jpg
Nikai in 2006
Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party
Assumed office
4 August 2016
LeaderShinzō Abe
Preceded bySadakazu Tanigaki
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
In office
2 August 2008 – 16 September 2009
Prime MinisterYasuo Fukuda
Preceded byAkira Amari
Succeeded byMasayuki Naoshima
In office
31 October 2005 – 26 September 2006
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byShōichi Nakagawa
Succeeded byAkira Amari
Minister of Transport
In office
5 October 1999 – 4 July 2000
Prime MinisterKeizō Obuchi
Preceded byJirō Kawasaki
Succeeded byHajime Morita
Personal details
Born (1939-02-17) 17 February 1939 (age 81)
Gobō, Wakayama, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materChuo University

Toshihiro Nikai (二階 俊博, Nikai Toshihiro, born 17 February 1939) is a Japanese politician. He was the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. A member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Nikai is currently serving in his eighth term in the Lower House representing Wakayama's Third District.[1]

Nikai was born in Wakayama Prefecture and attended Chuo University, graduating with a law degree in 1961. He initially worked as secretary for Saburo Endo, a Diet member from Shizuoka. After Endo's death, Nikai returned to Wakayama, where he won a seat on the Wakayama Prefectural Assembly in 1975. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1983.[1]

He was a member of Noboru Takeshita's faction within the Liberal Democratic Party, but left the party in 1993 to join the Japan Renewal Party (Shinseitō). As a member of the JRP, he served as Vice-Minister of Transportation under Morihiro Hosokawa in 1999.[1]

He was later a member of the Liberal Party, Conservative Party, and New Conservative Party, independent parties in coalition with the LDP. As Secretary-General of the NCP and part of the governing coalition, he served as Minister of Transportation under Keizō Obuchi and Yoshirō Mori. After the NCP merged with the LDP in 2003, Nikai became an LDP member again, and was appointed Director of the General Affairs Bureau in 2004.[1]

In 2005, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tapped Nikai to head the Diet committee in charge of the privatization of Japan Post.[citation needed] Following the general elections of that year, on 31 October, Koizumi selected Nikai to head the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, traditionally one of the most highly valued cabinet portfolios.

Nikai(left) and Abe(right)
Nikai(left) and Masuzoe(right)

Later, under Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Nikai was returned to the post of Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry on 1 August 2008.[2] Nikai is known to have strong ties with Chinese leaders and accompanied relief supplies to Sichuan after the earthquake there in June 2008.[1] In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, appointed on 24 September 2008, Nikai was retained as Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.[3]

Currently, Nikai has been acting as LDP Secretary General since August 2016.


Tetsuma Esaki, a former MInister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs is known as the second side of Nikai. Because, Nikai was a second side of Masumi Esaki, the father of Tetsuma.[4]

Kakuei Tanaka, a former Prime Minister and Shin Kanemaru, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Japan is called "Master of Nikai".[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Japan Times, "Fukuda's new lineup", 3 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Fukuda overhauls Cabinet / LDP executive shakeup also elevates Aso to party No. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.
  4. ^ INC, SANKEI DIGITAL (12 August 2017). "【3×3安倍内閣】「もしもし、アベですが…」「どちらのアベさんですか?」 入閣待機組の悲哀続く…". 産経ニュース (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ 日本放送協会. "なぜ"二階" その存在感の理由 | 特集記事". NHK政治マガジン (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 March 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Akira Amari
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
Succeeded by
Masayuki Naoshima
Preceded by
Shōichi Nakagawa
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
Succeeded by
Akira Amari
Preceded by
Jirō Kawasaki
Minister of Transport
Succeeded by
Hajime Morita
Preceded by
Jirō Kawasaki
Director-General of the Hokkaido Development Agency
Succeeded by
Hajime Morita
Party political offices
Preceded by
Yūya Niwa
Chairman of the LDP General Affairs Committee
Succeeded by
Takashi Sasagawa
Preceded by
Hiroyuki Hosoda
Chairman of the LDP Diet Affairs Committee
Succeeded by
Tadamori Ōshima
New title
New faction
Chairman of Atarashii Nami (Nikai faction)
merger with Shisuikai (Ibuki faction)
New political party Secretary-General of the New Conservative Party
merger with Liberal Democratic Party
Preceded by
Sadakazu Tanigaki
Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
House of Representatives of Japan
New district Representative for Wakayama's 3rd district
Preceded by
Keijirō Shōji
Takashi Hayakawa
Hiroshi Ōshima
Representative for Wakayama's 2nd District (multi-member)
Served alongside: Minoru Noda, Riki Azuma, Kazuo Tamaki
District eliminated
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