Tomoko Abe

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Tomoko Abe
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Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
25 June 2000
Preceded byTsuyoshi Hoshino
ConstituencyKanagawa-12th (2017―present)
Minami-Kantō PR (2000―2017)
Personal details
Born (1948-04-24) 24 April 1948 (age 71)
Meguro, Tokyo
Political partyCDP
Other political
affiliations
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
OccupationPolitician
Paediatrician
WebsiteOfficial website

Tomoko Abe (阿部 知子, Abe Tomoko, born 24 April 1948) is a Japanese politician and member of the House of Representatives. She is currently a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party. She was formerly the policy chief of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SDP), and later the president and sole member of the short-lived Tomorrow Party of Japan.

Abe is also a leader of a group of lawmakers called Energy Shift Japan, who are pushing the government to consider alternatives to nuclear power subsequent to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in March 2011. Abe and Energy Shift Japan are backing a proposal to give green energy sources access to Japan's power grid.

She quit the SDP shortly before the 2012 general election[1] and joined the TPJ, founded by governor of Shiga Prefecture Yukiko Kada. The party performed poorly in the election and all the remaining diet members save Abe quit the party, meaning that the TPJ could not maintain official party status in the diet, which requires five members. Abe and Kada sounded out Green Wind, which had four Diet members, over a possible merger, but the talks were not successful.[2] The Tomorrow Party was legally dissolved in May 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan Times Kada party seen banking on Ozawa 1 December 2012
  2. ^ Johnston, Eric. "Ozawa, Diet cohorts keep party, subsidy, leave Shiga Gov. Kada with Nippon Mirai name only". Japan Times. Retrieved 29 December 2012.