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Shintaro Ishihara (石原 慎太郎 , Ishihara Shintarō, born 30 September 1932) is a Japanese politician and author. He was Governor of Tokyo from 1999 to 2012. He was the leader of right-leaning Japan Restoration Party. Ishihara is one of the most known conservative right-wing politicians in modern Japanese politics.

Ishihara was in the House of Councillors from 1968 to 1972, in the House of Representatives from 1972 to 1995, and as Governor of Tokyo from 1999 to 2012. He resigned from the governorship to briefly co-lead the Sunrise Party, then joined the Japan Restoration Party and returned to the House of Representatives in the 2012 general election.

He unsuccessfully sought re-election in the general election of November 2014, and officially left politics the following month.

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