is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan
between 16 September 2009 and 2 June 2010, and was the first ever Prime Minister
from the modern Democratic Party of Japan
First elected to the House of Representatives
in 1986, Hatoyama became President of the DPJ
, the main opposition party, in May 2009. He then led the party to victory in the August 2009 general election
, defeating the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP). He represents the 9th district
in the House of Representatives.
Early life and family
Hatoyama comes from a prominent Japanese political family which has been likened to the Kennedy family
of the United States. ; Hayashi, Yuka. Wall Street Journal
(WSJ). 1 August 2009.
Hatoyama, who was born in Bunkyō, Tokyo
, is a fourth generation politician. His paternal great-grandfather, Kazuo Hatoyama
, was speaker of the House of Representatives of the Diet of Japan
from 1896 to 1897 during the Meiji era
.Takahashi, Kosuke. , Asia Times
, 29 August 2009. Kazuo later served as the president of Waseda University
. His paternal great-grandmother, Haruko Hatoyama
, was a co-founder of what is known today as Kyoritsu Women's University
. His paternal grandfather, Ichirō Hatoyama
, was a major politician; he served as Prime Minister and was a founder and the first......