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Leader of the Opposition (Japan)

Leader of the Opposition of Japan
Incumbent
Banri Kaieda

since 26 December 2012
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Japan

The Leader of the Opposition is the leader of the largest opposing party to the government.

Role and duties

The role of Leader of the Opposition is not an official office.

Leaders of the Opposition of the State of Japan (1947–present)

Leaders of the Opposition during the Shōwa period (1947–1989)

Opposition Leader Term of office Political Party
Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Days
Shigeru Yoshida 24 May 1947 15 October 1948 510 Liberal Party
Tetsu Katayama 15 October 1948 16 January 1950 458 Japan Socialist Party
Inejirō Asanuma 16 January 1950 19 January 1951 368 Japan Socialist Party
Mosaburō Suzuki 19 January 1951 18 January 1953 730 Japan Socialist Party
Jōtarō Kawakami 18 January 1953 27 February 1955 770 Rightist Socialist Party of Japan
Mosaburō Suzuki 27 February 1955 13 October 1955 228 Leftist Socialist Party of Japan
13 October 1955 23 March 1960 1623 Japan Socialist Party
Inejirō Asanuma 23 March 1960 12 October 1960 203 Japan Socialist Party
Saburō Eda 12 October 1960 6 March 1961 145 Japan Socialist Party
Jōtarō Kawakami 6 March 1961 6 May 1965 1522 Japan Socialist Party
Kouzou Sasaki 6 May 1965 19 August 1967 835 Japan Socialist Party
Seiichi Katsumata 19 August 1967 4 October 1968 412 Japan Socialist Party
Tomomi Narita 4 October 1968 26 September 1977 3279 Japan Socialist Party
Ichio Asukata 26 September 1977 7 September 1983 2172 Japan Socialist Party
Masashi Ishibashi 7 September 1983 8 September 1983 1 Japan Socialist Party
Takako Doi 8 September 1983 7 January 1989 1948 Japan Socialist Party

Leaders of the Opposition during the Heisei period (1989–present)

Opposition Leader Term of office Political Party
Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Days
Takako Doi 7 January 1989 31 July 1991 3127 Japan Socialist Party
Tanabe Makoto 31 July 1991 19 January 1993 538 Japan Socialist Party
Sadao Yamahana 19 January 1993 9 August 1993 202 Japan Socialist Party
Yōhei Kōno 9 August 1993 11 January 1996 885 Liberal Democratic Party
Ichirō Ozawa 11 January 1996 31 December 1997 720 New Frontier Party
Naoto Kan 31 December 1997 27 April 1998 117 Democratic Party
27 April 1998 25 September 1999 516 Democratic Party of Japan
Yukio Hatoyama 25 September 1999 10 December 2002 1172 Democratic Party of Japan
Naoto Kan 10 December 2002 18 May 2004 525 Democratic Party of Japan
Katsuya Okada 18 May 2004 17 September 2005 487 Democratic Party of Japan
Seiji Maehara 17 September 2005 7 April 2006 202 Democratic Party of Japan
Ichirō Ozawa 7 April 2006 16 May 2009 1135 Democratic Party of Japan
Yukio Hatoyama 16 May 2009 16 September 2009 123 Democratic Party of Japan
Masatoshi Wakabayashi 16 September 2009 28 September 2009 12 Liberal Democratic Party
Sadakazu Tanigaki 28 September 2009 26 September 2012 1094 Liberal Democratic Party
Shinzō Abe 26 September 2012 26 December 2012 91 Liberal Democratic Party
Banri Kaieda 26 December 2012 Incumbent 760 Democratic Party of Japan

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