Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Emblem of the Government of Japan
Incumbent
Tetsushi Sakamoto
since 14 December 2023
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofCabinet of Japan
Reports toPrime Minister of Japan
NominatorPrime Minister of Japan
AppointerEmperor of Japan
attested to by the Emperor
PrecursorMinister of Education
Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency
FormationJuly 5, 1978; 45 years ago (1978-07-05)
DeputyState Minister of Agriculture
Salary¥20,916,000

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (農林水産大臣, Nourin-Suisan Daijin) is a member of the Cabinet of Japan and is the leader and chief executive of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The minister is nominated by the Prime Minister of Japan and is appointed by the Emperor of Japan.

The current minister is Tetsushi Sakamoto, who took office on 14 December 2023.

List of ministers of agriculture, forestry and fisheries

  Liberal Democratic
  Japan New Party
  Japan Renewal Party
  Socialist
  Democratic

Minister Term of office Prime minister
# Portrait Name Took office Left office Days
1 Ichiro Nakagawa July 5, 1978 December 7, 1978 155 Takeo Fukuda
2 Michio Watanabe December 7, 1978 November 9, 1979 337 Masayoshi Ōhira
3 Kabun Mutō November 9, 1979 July 17, 1980 251
4 Takao Kameoka July 17, 1980 November 30, 1981 501 Zenkō Suzuki
5 Kichirō Tazawa November 30, 1981 November 27, 1982 362
6 Iwazo Kaneko November 27, 1982 December 27, 1983 395 Yasuhiro Nakasone
7 Shinjiro Yamamura December 27, 1983 November 1, 1984 310
8 Moriyoshi Sato November 1, 1984 December 28, 1985 422
9 Tsutomu Hata December 28, 1985 July 22, 1986 206
10 Mutsuki Kato July 22, 1986 November 6, 1987 472
11 Takashi Sato November 6, 1987 December 27, 1988 417 Noboru Takeshita
12
(9)
Tsutomu Hata December 27, 1988 June 3, 1989 158
13 Hisao Horinouchi June 3, 1989 August 10, 1989 68 Sōsuke Uno
14 Michihiko Kano August 10, 1989 February 28, 1990 202 Toshiki Kaifu
15 Tomio Yamamoto February 28, 1990 December 29, 1990 304
16 Motoji Kondō December 29, 1990 November 5, 1991 311
17 Masami Tanabu November 5, 1991 August 4, 1993 638 Kiichi Miyazawa
18 Kiichi Miyazawa August 4, 1993 August 9, 1993 5
19 Eijiro Hata August 9, 1993 April 28, 1994 262 Morihiro Hosokawa

(9)
Tsutomu Hata
(Acting)
April 28, 1994 April 28, 1994 0 Tsutomu Hata
20
(10)
Mutsuki Kato April 28, 1994 June 30, 1994 63
21 Taichiro Ōkawara June 30, 1994 August 8, 1995 404 Tomiichi Murayama
22 Hosei Norota August 8, 1995 January 11, 1996 156
23 Ichizo Ōhara January 11, 1996 November 7, 1996 301 Ryutaro Hashimoto
24 Takao Fujimoto November 7, 1996 September 11, 1997 308
25 Ihei Ochi September 11, 1997 September 26, 1997 15
26 Yoshinobu Shimamura September 26, 1997 July 30, 1998 307
27 Shōichi Nakagawa July 30, 1998 October 5, 1999 432 Keizō Obuchi
28 Tokuichiro Tamazawa October 5, 1999 July 4, 2000 273 Keizō Obuchi
Yoshirō Mori
29 Yoichi Tani July 4, 2000 December 5, 2000 154
30 Yoshio Yatsu December 5, 2000 April 26, 2001 142
31 Tsutomu Takebe April 26, 2001 September 30, 2002 522 Junichiro Koizumi
32 Tadamori Ōshima September 30, 2002 April 1, 2003 183
33 Yoshiyuki Kamei April 1, 2003 September 27, 2004 545
34
(26)
Yoshinobu Shimamura September 27, 2004 August 8, 2005 315
35 Junichiro Koizumi August 8, 2005 August 11, 2005 3
36 Mineichi Iwanaga August 11, 2005 October 31, 2005 81
37
(27)
Shōichi Nakagawa October 31, 2005 September 26, 2006 330
38 Toshikatsu Matsuoka September 26, 2006 May 28, 2007 244 Shinzo Abe
Masatoshi Wakabayashi
(Acting)
May 28, 2007 June 1, 2007 4
39 Norihiko Akagi June 1, 2007 August 1, 2007 61
40 Masatoshi Wakabayashi August 1, 2007 August 27, 2007 26
41 Takehiko Endo August 27, 2007 September 3, 2007 7
Akira Amari
(Acting)
September 3, 2007 September 4, 2007 1
42
(40)
Masatoshi Wakabayashi September 4, 2007 August 2, 2008 333 Shinzo Abe
Yasuo Fukuda
43 Seiichi Ōta August 2, 2008 September 19, 2008 48
Nobutaka Machimura
(Acting)
September 19, 2008 September 26, 2008 7
44 Shigeru Ishiba September 26, 2008 September 16, 2009 355 Tarō Asō
45 Hirotaka Akamatsu September 16, 2009 June 8, 2010 265 Yukio Hatoyama
46 Masahiko Yamada June 8, 2010 September 17, 2010 101 Naoto Kan
47
(14)
Michihiko Kano September 17, 2010 June 4, 2012 626 Naoto Kan
Yoshihiko Noda
48 Akira Gunji June 4, 2012 December 16, 2012 205
49 Yoshimasa Hayashi December 16, 2012 September 3, 2014 616 Shinzo Abe
50 Koya Nishikawa September 3, 2014 February 23, 2015 173
51 Yoshimasa Hayashi February 23, 2015 October 7, 2015 226
52 Hiroshi Moriyama October 7, 2015 August 3, 2016 301
53 Yūji Yamamoto August 3, 2016 August 3, 2017 365
54 Ken Saitō August 3, 2017 October 2, 2018 425
55 Takamori Yoshikawa October 2, 2018 September 11, 2019 344
56 Taku Etō September 11, 2019 September 16, 2020 371
57 Kōtarō Nogami September 16, 2020 October 4, 2021 383 Yoshihide Suga
58 Genjirō Kaneko October 4, 2021 August 10, 2022 310 Fumio Kishida
59 Tetsuro Nomura August 10, 2022 September 13, 2023 399
60 Ichiro Miyashita September 13, 2023 December 14, 2023 92
61 Tetsushi Sakamoto December 14, 2023 Incumbent 92

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