Nobutaka Machimura

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Nobutaka Machimura (April 2015)
Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura (2005)

Nobutaka Machimura ( Japanese 町 村 信 孝 , Machimura Nobutaka ; born October 17, 1944 in Ebetsu , † June 1, 2015 in Tokyo ) was a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party and foreign minister of his country. Within the LDP he led the Machimura faction since 2006 (2007 to 2009 together with Hidenao Nakagawa and Shūzen Tanigawa ).


In 1969 he graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo , after which he worked for the Ministry of International Trade and Industry ( MITI ) until 1981 . Since December 1982 he has been a member of the Japanese parliament without interruption. After serving as education minister in several cabinets, he was Japanese foreign minister from September 27, 2004 to October 31, 2005 . His successor as foreign minister was Tarō Asō . After the cabinet reshuffle on August 27, 2007, Machimura was again foreign minister in Shinzō Abe's cabinet for a short time . When he resigned a few weeks later, Machimura was appointed chief cabinet secretary in Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's cabinet . Machimura's successor as foreign minister was Masahiko Kōmura . In this capacity, after the resignation of the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Seiichi Ōta on September 19, 2008, he temporarily took over his official duties.


Machimura's father was the former minister and governor Machimura Kingo , his grandfather the former mayor of Ōkubo (incorporated in Tokyo , Yodobashi-ku (today: Shinjuku ) in 1932 ), Machimura Kin'ya .

family tree

Kuwata Kakuzō
Machimura Kin'ya
Futaba (?)
Machimura Kingo
(lower, upper house)
Machimura Hirotaka
(mansion, upper house)
Machimura Nobutaka
Mitsuko (?)
Hara Bumbē
(House of Lords)
Miho (?)
Nakagawa Masaharu
(House of Lords)


Web links

Commons : Nobutaka Machimura  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ex-lower house speaker Machimura dies at 70
  2. 町 村 信 孝 系 図
  3. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)