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Matsukata Masayoshi
Matsukata Masayoshi
In this Japanese name, the family name is Matsukata.

Matsukata Masayoshi (松方 正義 , 25 February 1835 – 2 July 1924) was a Japanese politician. He served twice as Prime Minister of Japan

Early life

Matsukata was born into a samurai family in Kagoshima on the island of Kyushu.


Matsukata founded the Bank of Japan in 1882 (Meiji 15).

Matsukata was the 4th Prime Minister of Japan from 6 May 1891 to 8 August 1892. He was also the 6th Prime Minister from 18 September 1896 to 12 January 1898.

Matsukata was also a Privy Councilor and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan.


Political offices
Preceded by
Yamagata Aritomo
Prime Minister of Japan
Succeeded by
Itō Hirobumi
Preceded by
Kuroda Kiyotaka
Prime Minister of Japan

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