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Yoshito Sengoku

is a Japanese politician serving in the House of Representatives in the Diet as a member of the Democratic Party of Japan. He was born in Tokushima, Tokushima prefecture. While studying in the University of Tokyo, he passed the bar exam and therefore dropped out of the university. He was elected for the first time in 1990 as a member of the Japan Socialist Party.
Viewed as a close ally of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the opposition LDP has labeled Sengoku as the "second" Prime Minister of the Kan cabinet. Sengoku denies that he wields any extraordinary influence in the government and praised Kan as a "strong leader".
In January 2011, he was ousted from his position as a top cabinet member due to swelling pressure from the opposition, namely the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito Party, to execute cabinet reform. Sengoku has been replaced by Yukio Edano, who is expected to yield much influence over Kan as a protege of Sengoku's.
In March 2011, Prime Minister Naoto Kan appointed Yoshito Sengoku as deputy chief cabinet secretary. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Japan plans to restart two nuclear reactors. Will more follow?
2012-06-16
"We can no longer go back to a life that depends on candles," ruling party heavyweight Yoshito Sengoku said in an interview with the Sankei newspaper this ...
(Christian Science Monitor)
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Japan takes over TEPCO after disaster
2012-05-10
The party's deputy policy chief, Yoshito Sengoku, bluntly said without nuclear energy the world's third-largest economy would suffer. "We must think ahead to the impact on Japan's economy and people's lives, if all nuclear reactors are stopped.
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Japan is nuclear energy free
2012-05-07
The party's deputy policy chief, Yoshito Sengoku, bluntly said without nuclear energy the world's third-largest economy would suffer. "We must think ahead to the impact on Japan's economy and people's lives, if all nuclear reactors are stopped.
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Japan's leaders fret as nuclear shutdown nears
2012-05-05
Halting all the reactors “would be something like a group suicide,” said Yoshito Sengoku, acting chief of the governing Democratic Party's policy committee. The showdown between local and national leaders has played out in recent weeks at a plant in ...
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DPJ's Sengoku describes halt of all nuclear plants 'mass suicide'
2012-04-16
NAGOYA — Democratic Party of Japan policymaker Yoshito Sengoku created a stir Monday by describing the looming shutdown of all nuclear power plants in Japan as "mass suicide." "If we don't think about what the economy and our livelihoods will be like ...
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DPJ launched discussions on TEPCO reform
2012-02-28
House of Representatives member Yoshito Sengoku, who serves as the chair of the project team, asked team members at the start of the meeting to maintain a level-headed debate without being preoccupied by their possible antipathy toward TEPCO.
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Le nouveau premier ministre japonais commence à former son gouvernement
2011-08-30
REUTERS/Toru Hanai Le nouveau premier ministre japonais, Yoshihiko Noda, envisage de nommer au poste de ministre des finances soit Yoshito Sengoku soit Katsuya Okada, selon des sources internes au Parti démocrate du Japon (PDJ). Yoshito Sengoku est un ...
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Kaieda's weakness wins Ozawa's support
2011-08-28
Maehara is backed by Yoshito Sengoku, the acting party president who was one of those in the Kan administration who pressed for the government to distance itself from Ozawa. Ozawa's court case is scheduled to begin in autumn, and his influence within ...
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