Minister of the Environment
Emblem of the Government of Japan
Incumbent
Shintaro Ito
since 13 September 2023
Ministry of the Environment
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofCabinet of Japan
Reports toPrime Minister of Japan
NominatorPrime Minister of Japan
AppointerEmperor of Japan
attested to by the Emperor
PrecursorDirector-General of the Environmental Agency
FormationJanuary 6, 2001; 23 years ago (2001-01-06)
DeputyState Minister of the Environment
Salary¥20,916,000

The Minister of the Environment (環境大臣, Kankyou Daijin) is a member of the Cabinet of Japan and is the leader and chief executive of the Ministry of the Environment. The minister is nominated by the Prime Minister of Japan and is appointed by the Emperor of Japan.

The current minister is Shintaro Ito, who took office on 13 September 2023.

List of ministers of the environment (2001–)

  Liberal Democratic
  New Komeito/Komeito
  Democratic

Minister Term of office Prime Minister
# Portrait Name Took office Left office Days
1 Yoriko Kawaguchi January 6, 2001 February 8, 2002 398 Yoshirō Mori
Junichiro Koizumi
2 Hiroshi Ōki [ja] February 8, 2002 September 30, 2002 234
3 Shun'ichi Suzuki September 30, 2002 September 22, 2003 357
4 Yuriko Koike September 22, 2003 September 26, 2006 1100
5 Masatoshi Wakabayashi September 26, 2006 August 27, 2007 335 Shinzō Abe
6 Ichirō Kamoshita August 27, 2007 August 2, 2008 341
Yasuo Fukuda
7 Tetsuo Saito August 2, 2008 September 16, 2009 410
Taro Aso
8 Sakihito Ozawa September 16, 2009 September 21, 2010 370 Yukio Hatoyama
Naoto Kan
9 Ryu Matsumoto September 21, 2010 September 2, 2011 346
10 Satsuki Eda June 27, 2011 September 2, 2011 67
11 Goshi Hosono September 2, 2011 October 1, 2012 395 Yoshihiko Noda
12 Hiroyuki Nagahama October 1, 2012 December 26, 2012 86
13 Nobuteru Ishihara December 26, 2012 September 3, 2014 616 Shinzō Abe
14 Yoshio Mochizuki September 3, 2014 October 7, 2015 399
15 Tamayo Marukawa October 7, 2015 August 3, 2016 301
16 Koichi Yamamoto August 3, 2016 August 3, 2017 365
17 Masaharu Nakagawa August 3, 2017 October 2, 2018 425
18 Yoshiaki Harada October 2, 2018 September 11, 2019 344
19 Shinjirō Koizumi September 11, 2019 October 4, 2021 754 Yoshihide Suga
20 Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi October 4, 2021 August 10, 2022 310 Fumio Kishida
21 Akihiro Nishimura August 10, 2022 September 13, 2023 399
22 Shintaro Ito September 13, 2023 Incumbent 135

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