Tokuo Yamashita

Tokou Yamashita
山下 徳夫
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
5 November 1991 – 12 December 1992
Prime MinisterKiichi Miyazawa
Preceded byShinichiro Shimojo
Succeeded byYuya Niwa
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
10 August 1989 – 26 August 1989
Prime MinisterToshiki Kaifu
Preceded byMasajuro Shiokawa
Succeeded byMayumi Moriyama
Head of the Management and Coordination Agency
In office
26 January 1986 – 6 November 1987
Prime MinisterYasuhiro Nakasone
Preceded byKazuo Tamaki
Succeeded byOsamu Takatori
Minister of Transport
In office
1 November 1984 – 28 December 1985
Prime MinisterYasuhiro Nakasone
Preceded byGichizo Hosoda
Succeeded byHiroshi Mitsuzuka
Personal details
BornOctober 7, 1919
Imari, Empire of Japan
DiedJanuary 1, 2014(2014-01-01) (aged 94)
Imari, Saga, Japan
Alma materMeiji University
Senshu University

Tokuo Yamashita (山下 徳夫, Yamashita Tokuo, 7 October 1919 – 1 January 2014) was a Japanese politician.


Born in Imari, and a graduate of Fukuoka Middle School (present-day Fukuoka Prefectural Fukuoka High School), he studied law first at Meiji University and then at Senshu University, graduating in 1944.

After honing his skills as a politician in the Saga Prefectural Assembly (where he eventually became speaker), he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1969 on a ticket from the Liberal Democratic Party. After that, he won reelection ten times in a row. In Yasuhiro Nakasone's second cabinet, he was named Transport minister. In Nakasone's third cabinet he was to lead the Management and Coordination Agency.

In Toshiki Kaifu's first cabinet he was named Chief Cabinet Secretary, but had to resign after only 16 days due to a sex scandal.[1]

In Kiichi Miyazawa's cabinet he was Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare.[2]

Between 1988 and 2003 he was chairperson of the board of trustees of his alma mater, Senshu University.

He retired from national politics in 2000, but remained an adviser for the Saga branch of the LDP.

He died in Imari on January 1, 2014.[3]

Other Languages
español: Tokuo Yamashita
日本語: 山下徳夫
中文: 山下德夫