Yoshiro Mori was the 85th and 86th Prime Minister of Japan, probably one of Japan’s most unpopular leaders. His term in office lasted for just a year from 2nd April 2000 to 11th April 2001.
Yoshiro Mori is particularly known for his frequent protocol gaffes and slips of tongue which overshadowed his role in the emergence of Japan as a strong industrial country.
Born: July 14, 1937 (age 77), Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
Education: Waseda University
Parents: Shigeki Mori
Party: Liberal Democratic Party
Previous office: Prime Minister of Japan (2000–2001)
Yoshiro was born in wealthy landowning families, who were farmers and also had strong links in politics. His parents Shigeki and Kaoru Mori were wealthy farmers and his father was Mayor of Neagari. Yoshiro graduated from the Waseda University, where he was an exceptional student. It was here that he developed a love for the game of Rugby, played the game and was also a good orator.
After his graduation he worked for a time with a newspaper and in 1962 he became Secretary of a Diet member. In 1962, aged 32 Yoshiro contested and won his first election to the Lower House and joined the Labor Democratic Party. He continued to be reelected for 10 consecutive times.
His political career continued albeit in a low key. In 1983 Yoshiro Mori took charge as Education Minister and initiated several educational reforms. Yoshiro Mori was appointed to several important posts in the Labor Democratic Party, notably the International Trade and Industry Minister in 1992, Construction Minister in 1995 and twice Secretary General of the Party. He also served as Chairperson of the Policy Research Council.
During his term as secretary general, his predecessor Keizo Obuchi suffered a stroke. Yoshiro’s proximity to Obuchi vaulted him into the Prime Minister’s seat. He formed a three party coalition and remained in office till April 2001.
Yoshiro Mori’s tenure as Prime Minister is marked by his significant economic and fiscal policies. As Education Minister he contributed tremendously for better educational policies and spearheaded a national project to implement educational reforms.
His frequent political inappropriateness, bought his ratings to one digit towards the end of his term. Yoshiro though, remains a member of the House of Representatives, representing the second district of Ishikawa.
He married Chieko Maki and has two children.
In 2005, Yoshiro Mori became the President of the Japan Rugby Football Union.
“A vote for Japan is a vote for the future of rugby. We will do our best to make rugby a global sport.”
“India and Japan should develop a complementary relationship in information technology.”
“It is my strong hope that an environment will be created in which both of our countries can cooperate for the realization of a world without nuclear weapons.”
“Japan is the only country in the world which suffered from the scourge of nuclear weapons.”