Shin Kanemaru

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Shin Kanemaru (金丸 信 Kanemaru Shin), 17 September 1914 - 28 March 1996) was a Japanese politician who was a significant figure in the political arena of Japan from the 1970s to the early 1990s.[1]


Kanemaru was born in Suwa village (now Minami-arupusu city), Yamanashi Prefecture on 17 September 1914.[2] He was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and member of the faction of Noboru Takeshita. In 1992, he was indicted in the Sagawa Kyubin corruption scandal. He was charged with evading taxes on payments he had received from construction companies that were seeking political influence. He resigned and was arrested on 13 March 1993 after authorities found at least $51 million in bearer bonds and hundreds of pounds of gold stored at his home.[3]

Kanemaru died in Yamanashi on 28 March 1996.[2]


  1. Uldis Kruze (January 2015). Shin Kanemaru and the Tragedy of Japan's Political System. Palgrave Pivot. ISBN 9781137457363. Retrieved 19 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Shin Kanemaru". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 19 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. John E. Woodruff (10 March 1993). "Fallen politician in Japan had amassed $51 million". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Kazuo Horiuchi, Toyohira Hagino, Shinichi Kobayashi, Takuo Furuya, Tsuneo Uchida (1955 general election)
Representative for Yamanashi At-large district
Served alongside: Kunio Tanabe, Eiichi Nakao, Mitsuo Horiuchi, Toshimasa Ueda, et al.
Succeeded by
Kunio Tanabe, Toshimasa Ueda, Azuma Koshiishi, Eiichi Nakao (until 1993 general election)
Political offices
Preceded by
Masayoshi Ito
Deputy Prime Minister of Japan
Succeeded by
Kiichi Miyazawa
Preceded by
Asao Mihara
Director-General of the Japan Defense Agency
Succeeded by
Ganri Yamashita
Preceded by
Hyosuke Niwa
Director-General of the National Land Agency
Succeeded by
Kosei Amano
Preceded by
Takeo Kimura
Minister of Construction
Succeeded by
Takao Kameoka
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rokusuke Tanaka
Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Noboru Takeshita