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2010年6月 4日 (金)

Experienced Kan's long road to the top

(Mainichi Japan) June 4, 2010
Experienced Kan's long road to the top
◇菅直人(かんなおと)氏(63) 市民運動から出発、党創業者の一人

One of the co-founders of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Prime Minister-elect Naoto Kan started out as a civil activist after graduating from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
During his early days, he exerted great efforts in bringing about the victory of Fusae Ichikawa, renowned leader of the women's suffrage movement in Japan, in the 1974 House of Councillors election.
 東京工業大を卒業後、市民運動に参加し、市川房枝氏を参院選に担ぎ出した。

Kan was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980 and is now serving his 10th term. After acting as the policy chief of the now-defunct New Party Sakigake, he assumed the post of health minister under the administration of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, gaining national popularity as he tracked the government's failure to prevent the spread of HIV infections among hemophiliacs and other patients through unheated blood products.
80年に衆院初当選し10期目。さきがけの政調会長などを経て、橋本内閣で厚相を務め、薬害エイズ問題追及で国民的な人気を得た。

In 1996, Kan established the former DPJ along with outgoing Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and assumed the party leadership two years later, at the outset of the present-day DPJ.
He was subsequently replaced by Hatoyama as party leader, but regained the post in 2002. The following year, Kan managed to merge the DPJ with the Liberal Party after reaching an agreement with then Liberal Party leader Ichiro Ozawa.
 鳩山由紀夫首相とともに96年に旧民主党を結党。98年の民主党発足時に代表に就任した「創業者」の一人。その後、代表を鳩山氏に譲ったが02年に返り咲き、03年には当時自由党党首だった小沢一郎前幹事長と民由合併にこぎつけた。

However, Kan was forced to resign as DPJ leader in 2004 after it emerged that he had failed to pay pension premiums. When the DPJ was led by Ozawa, Kan served as acting party president and was part of the party's so-called "troika" regime along with Ozawa and Hatoyama.
 04年には年金未加入問題で代表辞任に追い込まれ、今回代表に選ばれれば3度目。小沢代表時代には代表代行として小沢氏を支え、鳩山氏とともに「トロイカ」の一角を形成した。

Under Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's administration, Kan assumed the posts of state minister for national policy and finance minister while serving as deputy prime minister. After Ozawa's political funding scandal emerged, Kan withheld from explicit criticism of Ozawa, apparently in consideration for his own possible assumption to prime minister.
 鳩山政権では副総理として国家戦略担当相と財務相に就いた。しかし、小沢氏の政治資金規正法を巡る問題では批判を控え、「次期首相」の座を意識して慎重に振る舞ったとみられている。

Kan leaves his activities in the Tokyo No. 18 constituency to his wife, Nobuko. An avid player of the board game of go, Kan concedes that he is no match at the game for Ozawa.
 地元(東京18区)での活動を妻、伸子氏に任せており頭が上がらない。趣味は囲碁だが、小沢氏より弱いと自認している。

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毎日新聞 2010年6月4日 東京朝刊

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