1921 (Taisho 10) Thursday, September 22 Politician Miyazawa Hiroshi was born in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Hiroshi Miyazawa is the second son of three famous Miyazawa brothers in Hiroshima prefecture. My eldest son, who is two years older than me, became the 78th Prime Minister, Kiichi Miyazawa, and my second son, Hiroshi Miyazawa, served as Minister of Justice in the Cabinet of Tomiichi Murayama, serving as Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture and later as a member of the House of Councilors. His third son, Tai Miyazawa, was a diplomat and also a German ambassador.
These three Miyazawa brothers and their father, Yutaka Miyazawa, are also members of the House of Representatives, but they were not politicians when they were born. His father, Yutaka Miyazawa, joined the Ministry of Home Affairs, but he quit after three years to enter the business world, and through Yamashita Kisen, he was then the president of a company called Toyo Steel. Yutaka Miyazawa’s wife, who is the mother of three brothers, is called Miyazawa and her maiden name is Ogawa, and she is the second daughter of a famous politician, Heikichi Ogawa.
100 years ago today, when Hiroshi Miyazawa was born, he was already a leading executive member of the ruling Seiyukai Party. For 3 years from 1915 (Taisho 4), he served as the Secretary General of the Seiyukai, and in 1920 (Taisho 9), he joined the cabinet reshuffled by Takashi Hara, assuming the post of President of the Kokuseiin which was in charge of the national census. Last October, 2020, there was a census, and some of you may remember that it was advertised as the 100 year anniversary. So the first census was done by Heikichi Ogawa, the grandfather of the Miyazawa brothers.
Yutaka Miyazawa, the father of three brothers who will become the son-in-law of Heikichi Ogawa, ran for and was elected to the House of Representatives from Hiroshima Constituency No. 3 in 1928 at Ogawa’s suggestion, and was elected 6 times in a row. In 1940 15, he also served as Vice-Minister of Railways. After the war, he was ousted from public office, retired from politics in 27 1952, became the secretary to Hayato Ikeda, the Minister of Finance, as a Ministry of Finance bureaucrat, and left his position to Kiichi Miyazawa, his eldest son, who participated in the San Francisco Peace Conference as an envoy plenipotentiary the previous year. The basis of the national election in Hiroshima has been passed down to Yoichi Miyazawa, the eldest son of Hiroshi Miyazawa, the second son of the three brothers. Yoichi Miyazawa was Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in the Shinzo Abe cabinet.
The LDP is currently in the presidential election, and one of the four candidates is former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who will also become a member of the House of Representatives, taking over the leadership of Hiroshima from his grandfather’s generation. My grandfather’s name is Masaki Kishida, and he and my father Yutaka Miyazawa have been elected 6 times in a row since 1928 (Showa 3). In addition, Yutaka Miyazawa was in Hiroshima Constituency No. 3, and this Masaki Kishida was in Hiroshima Constituency No. 1, the same Seiyukai, so they must have been close. Masaki Kishida’s eldest daughter, Reiko Kishida, is the second son of the three Miyazawa brothers, and the wife of Hiroshi Miyazawa, who was born 100 years ago today. In other words, she is the mother of former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa.
Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa are cousins. Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa is one of the leaders of the Kishida faction. If you look at the family tree of a politician, it’s very interesting, and it’s very interesting to be able to discover various connections.