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Shigeru Ishiba
石破 茂
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Minister for Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy
In office
3 September 2014 – 3 August 2016
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Position Created
Succeeded by Kozo Yamamoto
Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party
In office
26 September 2012 – 3 September 2014
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Kosuke Hori
Succeeded by Sadakazu Tanigaki
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
In office
24 September 2008 – 16 September 2009
Prime Minister Tarō Asō
Preceded by Nobutaka Machimura
Succeeded by Hirotaka Akamatsu
Minister of Defence
In office
26 September 2007 – 1 August 2008
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
Preceded by Masahiko Kōmura
Succeeded by Yoshimasa Hayashi
Director-General of the Japan Defense Agency
In office
30 September 2002 – 27 September 2004
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Preceded by Gen Nakatani
Succeeded by Yoshinori Ohno
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
8 July 1986
Constituency Tottori 1st district
Personal details
Born (1957-02-04) 4 February 1957 (age 65)
Yazu, Tottori, Japan
Alma mater Keio University

Shigeru Ishiba (石破 茂, Ishiba Shigeru, born 4 February 1957) is a Japanese politician. Ishiba is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and of Heisei-Kenkyukai (part of the party faction led by Fukushiro Nukaga) until 2011.

Ishiba was Director General of the Japan Defense Agency under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi from 2002 to 2004.

He was Minister of Defense under Yasuo Fukuda from 2007 to 2008 and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries under Tarō Asō from 2008 to 2009. The LDP lost government in 2009, entering Opposition.

In August 2020, he announced his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic leadership election to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He lost the election on 14 September to Yoshihide Suga, coming in third place.

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