Hatoyama Kazuo

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Hatoyama Kazuo

Hatoyama Kazuo ( Japanese 鳩山和夫 ; born 6. May 1856 in Edo ( Musashi Province ), died 3. October 1911 ) was a Japanese lawyer and ancestor of a number of well-known Japanese lawyers and politicians.

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Hatoyama Kazuo was born as the fourth son of a samurai in the Edo residence of the Katsuyama-Han (勝 山 藩, Mimasaka Province ). He attended the "Kaisei gakkō" (開 成 学校), the forerunner of the University of Tōkyō and studied law at the Universities of Columbia and Yale in the USA .

After his return to Japan, he taught at Tōkyō University, but gave up teaching to become a lawyer. In 1885 he took up his work in the Foreign Ministry to work on the revision of the "Unequal Treaties" with the Western nations.

Hatoyama was elected in 1892 as a representative of the Rikken Kaishintō in the lower house of the first parliament of the Japanese constitution and in 1896 became its spokesman. He later assumed the presidency of Waseda University .

His wife, Hatoyama Haruko , was socially active. The sculptor Asakura Fumio designed a memorial with the two of them. His sons Hatoyama Ichirō and Hatoyama Hideo , like their father, were politically active.


  1. Today Tōkyō .
  2. Today part of Okayama Prefecture .
  3. The “Unequal Contracts” were not only called that, they were. It was the treaties that were signed between 1864 and 1861 under military pressure from Perry and the other representatives of the Western powers. See “ Unequal Contracts ”.


  • S. Noma (Ed.): Hatoyama Kazuo . In: Japan. An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Kodansha, 1993. ISBN 4-06-205938-X , p. 509.

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