Toshiro Kurosawa

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Toshiro Kurosawa
黒澤 敏郎
Official Portrait of the Toshiro Kurosawa
Official Portrait of Kurosawa
Prime Minister of Okaiken
In office
16 February 2013 – 3 June 2016
Monarch Masahito
Preceded by Sasuke Gemba
Succeeded by Sadakazu Tanizaki
Minister for Infrastructure
In office
26 January 2011 – 13 February 2013
Preceded by Yoshihiro Takenaka
Succeeded by Namuro Kawaguchi
Member of the House of Commoners
for Miyagi 3rd District
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by New constituency
Majority 197,037 (93.16%)
Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party
In office
16 February 2013 – 3 June 2016
Preceded by Sasuke Genba
Succeeded by Sadakazu Tanizaki
Personal details
Born (1985-06-07) 7 June 1985 (age 32)
Yokosuka, Okaiken
Political party Progressive Party (since 2016)
Liberal Democratic Party (2006-2016)
Spouse(s) Yuki Motonari (m. 2010) «start: (2010)»"Marriage: Yuki Motonari to Toshiro Kurosawa" Location: (linkback:http://en.talod.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Toshiro_Kurosawa)
Children
  • Kotaro Kurosawa
Alma mater

Toshirō Kurosawa (黒澤 敏郎 Kurosawa Toshirō?); born 7 June 1985, was the Prime Minister of Okaiken, from 16 February 2013 to 3 June 2016, when he was deposed by Sadakazu Tanizaki.

A Sanese politician, he was the president of the Liberal Democratic Party, once again replaced by Tanigaki; and the chairman of the Sanese Simlympic Committee. Kurosawa is the 53rd Prime Minister of Okaiken. He was the youngest elected Prime Minister in History and the first prime minister to be born in the 1980s.

Kurosawa became Prime Minister following the suicide of his predecessor, Sasuke Genba.

Early Life[edit]

Toshiro Kurosawa is a fourth generation politician. His father, Yasuhiro Kurosawa, was the mayor of Shinagawa from 1989-1992. His maternal grandfather, Yoshimizu Ohno, was the Federal Prime Minister from 1968-1977 and was the spearhead of the Okaiken Reform Movement, a major political player in the Quiet Revolution of 1968. His Great Grandfather, Sho Konoe, also served as Prime Minister in the late 1800s.

Toshiro Kurosawa while serving on the CTD.

Toshiro Kurosawa was born on June 7, 1985 at the Yokosuka City Hospital in Yokosuka, Miyagi Prefecture, Okaiken. Later, when his father was serving as the mayor of Shinagawa, he moved to the city along with his family. He graduated from Yokosuka High School outside Shinagawa and Waseda University, where he received a degree in Environmenal Architecture. Kurosawa served in the Compulsory Training Directives (CTD) of the Sanese Maritime Defence Forces (SMDF).

Kurosawa's first architectural project was to oversee the reconfiguration of Zentoku Park Green in 2007. He was later awarded to design the paths of Teijin Park before moving on to oversee the entire project.

In the general elections of December 2010, Kurosawa was elected as a member of the Lower House for the Miyagi 3rd district. He joined Tadagutsu Jobei's faction within the Liberal Democratic Party.

Member of House of Commoners[edit]

Kurosawa gained his first senior post in February 2011 as the Vice Minister of Infrastructure, and his first ministerial post in June 2011 as Minister of Infrastructure under Prime Minister Tadagutsu Jobei.

Kurosawa while serving as a Cabinet Minister.

As the Minister for Infrastructure, Kurosawa introduced bold changes, such as the proposal to build a new green on the former Teijin Industrial Park in Okashi, as well as the approval of the Toyoshi Bay Bridge, slated to be completed in 2016. He also proposed an added 2% environmental tax on toll roads. The bill was successfully passed on the House of Commoners.

On 24 April 2012, Kurosawa was elected vice president of the LDP. He was then appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister by Sasuke Gemba, the youngest assemblyman in Sanese History to hold the position. During his tenure, he pushed for new reforms on Economic Policy, privatize the Postal Service and reorganize the LDP structure.

Acting Prime Minister[edit]

On February 13, 2013, Prime Minister Gemba was found dead after committing suicide inside the Prime Minister's office. Kurosawa, who was at his residence in Muromachi, was contacted by the LDP to replace Gemba as the LDP Leader. Since Gemba's death was in the middle of the parliamentary sessions, Kurosawa was quickly appointed as the Acting Prime Minister on February 16. A Leadership Race for the LDP was then held on March 15, with Kurosawa winning the majority of votes over Sadakazu Tanigaki and Nobusuke Kadoyama.

Prime Minister of Okaiken[edit]

Kurosawa, elected at age 27, in 2013, was the youngest prime minister in Okaiken's history.

Domestic Policy[edit]

Economy[edit]

Kurosawa expresses a general commitment to fiscal reforms after the death of his predecessor due to the mishandling of the economy. He has taken steps toward balancing the Sanese Budget, such as appointing a tax expert, Koji Omi, as Minister of Finance. Omi has previously supported increases in the national consumption tax, although Kurosawa has distanced himself from this policy and seeks to achieve much of his budget balancing through spending cuts in the healthcare and military sector.

Kurosawa introduced conservative measures known as the 'Lightning Program' in July of 2013, which gave businesses a tax refund in exchange of employment opportunities towards young adults. Omi's Ministry of Finance also introduced programs that would make Okaiken more competitive by devaluing the En and by introducing new programs for companies that are entering the Sanese Economic Spectrum.

Education[edit]

Kurosawa supported the controversial Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform and the New History Textbook. He denies the abduction of comfort women by Sanese troops during the Great Adonian War, claiming that it has been created "out of false lies" claims that a history textbook must contribute to the formation of national consciousness, and cites the Kwangju criticism of the New History Textbook as foreign interference in Sanese domestic affairs.

In March 24, 2013, Kurosawa along with right-wing politicians have proposed a bill to encourage nationalism and a "love for one's country and hometown" among the Sanese youth (Specific wording from the revised 'fundamental law of education - 教育基本法', which was revised to include 'love of country' despite much criticism).

Much to the dismay of Kurosawa, the measure failed to pass in the House of Commoners.

Healthcare[edit]

On April 10, 2013, Kurosawa introduced a bill that will provide for free flu vaccinations for children under the age of 15.

Foreign Policy[edit]

On his first speech in the Diet, Kurosawa mentioned Foreign Policy as one of its most critical issues for Okaiken.

Kwangju[edit]

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External Links[edit]

House of Commoners of Okaiken
New constituency Member
for Miyagi's 3rd district (single-member)

2011–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sasuke Genba
President of the Liberal Democratic Party
2013-present
Succeeded by
Sadakazu Tanizaki
Political offices
Preceded by
Hiroyuki Hosoda
Minister of Infrastructure
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Yasuhisa Shiozaki
Preceded by
Yukimasa Sanada
Deputy Prime Minister
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Yasuhiro Nakasone
Preceded by
Sasuke Genba
Prime Minister of Okaiken
2013–present
Succeeded by
Sadakazu Tanizaki