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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south.


Our standard dataset contains 4,754 entities connected with Japan. This may include sanctioned entities, politically-exposed persons (PEPs), and their close associates, or entities involved in criminal activity.

Data sources

We currently include 1 data source published by authorities or organizations based in Japan. See our global list of data sources and our criteria for selecting datasets.

Japan Economic sanctions and list of eligible peopleMinistry of Financeupdated daily3,483

Politically-exposed persons (PEPs)

Our database contains 3,177 entities identified as PEPs connected with Japan.

National government positions

Number of known occupants
Head of state or governmentCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Deputy Prime Minister1--
Prime Minister1--
National executive branchesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Minister for Digital Transformation121
Minister for the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka1--
Minister in Charge of "Cool Japan" Strategy1--
Minister in Charge of Admin. Reform1--
Minister in Charge of Building National Resilience12-
Minister in Charge of Civil Service Reform111
Minister in Charge of Comprehensive Policy Coordination for Revival From the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima12-
Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization12-
Minister in Charge of Economic Security111
Minister in Charge of Industrial Competitiveness11-
Minister in Charge of Mitigating the Impact of US Forces in Okinawa1--
Minister in Charge of Ocean Policy & Territorial Issues1--
Minister in Charge of Overcoming Deflation1-1
Minister in Charge of Regional Revitalization13-
Minister in Charge of Social Security Reform11-
Minister in Charge of the Abduction Issue1--
Minister in Charge of the Response to the Economic Impact Caused by the Nuclear Incident1--
Minister in Charge of Water Cycle Policy1-1
Minister in Charge of Women's Empowerment12-
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, & Fisheries1133
Minister of Defense1--
Minister of Economy, Trade, & Industry16-
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan119-
Minister of Finance1101
Minister of Foreign Affairs1101
Minister of Health, Labor, & Welfare114-
Minister of Internal Affairs & Communications116-
Minister of Justice1232
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, & Tourism161
Minister of Loneliness1--
Minister of Reconstruction1--
Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety15-
Minister of State for Disaster Management & Ocean Policy12-
Minister of State for Economic & Fiscal Policy141
Minister of State for Economic Security1-1
Minister of State for Financial Services112
Minister of State for Gender Equality14-
Minister of State for Intellectual Property Strategy1--
Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate13-
Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness13-
Minister of State for Okinawa & Northern Territories Affairs18-
Minister of State for Regulatory Reform15-
Minister of State for Space Policy141
Minister of State for the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation11-
Minister of the Environment115-
National legislative branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Member of the Shūgiin-47388
National judicial branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan-2924
Diplomatic rolesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
ambassador of France to Japan-61
ambassador of Greece to Japan-3-
ambassador of Hungary to Japan--1
ambassador of Israel to Japan--1
ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan-81
ambassador of Japan to Australia-6-
ambassador of Japan to Azerbaijan-4-
ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh-41
ambassador of Japan to Belgium-51
ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina--1
ambassador of Japan to Botswana-51
ambassador of Japan to Brazil-51
ambassador of Japan to Bulgaria-51
ambassador of Japan to Canada-51
ambassador of Japan to Chile-4-
ambassador of Japan to China-61
ambassador of Japan to Croatia-4-
ambassador of Japan to Cyprus-41
ambassador of Japan to Djibouti-4-
ambassador of Japan to Egypt-51
ambassador of Japan to El Salvador-51
ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia-5-
ambassador of Japan to France-61
ambassador of Japan to Georgia-4-
ambassador of Japan to Germany-4-
ambassador of Japan to Honduras-51
ambassador of Japan to Hungary-21
ambassador of Japan to India-61
ambassador of Japan to Indonesia-61
ambassador of Japan to Iran-71
ambassador of Japan to Ivory Coast-21
ambassador of Japan to Kazakhstan-61
ambassador of Japan to Laos-11
ambassador of Japan to Malaysia-4-
ambassador of Japan to Mexico-41
ambassador of Japan to Mongolia-41
ambassador of Japan to Myanmar-51
ambassador of Japan to Nepal--1
ambassador of Japan to New Zealand-51
ambassador of Japan to Norway-3-
ambassador of Japan to Pakistan-71
ambassador of Japan to Peru-41
ambassador of Japan to Romania--2
ambassador of Japan to Russia-42
ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia-51
ambassador of Japan to South Africa-51
ambassador of Japan to South Korea-72
ambassador of Japan to Spain-61
ambassador of Japan to Sweden-32
ambassador of Japan to Switzerland-5-
ambassador of Japan to Thailand-52
ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands-11
ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom-15
ambassador of Japan to the United States-51
ambassador of Japan to Turkey-51
ambassador of Japan to Ukraine-21
ambassador of Japan to Uruguay-11
ambassador of Japan to Uzbekistan-4-
ambassador of Jordan to Japan--1
ambassador of Palau to Japan-21
ambassador of Ukraine to Japan--1
ambassador to Japan--11
Ambassador to the US1--
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York1--
United States Ambassador to Japan-32

Subnational government positions

No positions for this category

Other positions

Number of known occupants
PositionCurrentEndedStatus unclear
member of the House of Representatives of Japan-547812
member of the House of Councillors-216466
member of the Saitama Prefectural Assembly--55
member of the Chiba Prefectural Assembly--39
member of the Osaka Prefectural Assembly-137
member of the Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly--35
member of the Aichi Prefectural Assembly--33
member of the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly--30
member of the Fukushima Prefectural Assembly--28
member of the Shizuoka Prefectural Assembly--28
member of the Ibaraki Prefectural Assembly--27
member of the Gunma Prefectural Assembly--26
member of the Tochigi Prefectural Assembly--23
Chairman, National Public Safety Commission121-
member of the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly-121
member of the Kyōto Prefectural Assembly--21
member of the Mie Prefectural Assembly--21
member of the Hyōgo Prefectural Assembly--20
member of the Kumamoto Prefectural Assembly--20
member of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly--20
Minister of Defense of Japan-18-
member of the Miyazaki Prefectural Assembly--17
vice-governor of Tokyo--17
member of the Ehime Prefectural Assembly--16
member of the Iwate Prefectural Assembly--16
member of the Nagano Prefectural Assembly--16
member of the Toyama Prefectural Assembly-115
member of the Yamaguchi Prefectural Assembly--16
member of the Akita Prefectural Assembly--15
member of the Nagasaki Prefectural Assembly--15
member of the Niigata Prefectural Assembly--14
member of the Tokushima Prefectural Assembly--14
member of the Yamanashi Prefectural Assembly--14
member of the Aomori Prefectural Assembly--13
member of the Ishikawa Prefectural Assembly--13
member of the Ōita Prefectural Assembly--13
member of the Miyagi Prefectural Assembly--12
member of the Wakayama Prefectural Assembly--12
member of the Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly-110
member of the Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly--10
Chief Cabinet Secretary171
member of the Fukui Prefectural Assembly--9
member of the Kagawa Prefectural Assembly--9
member of the Shiga Prefectural Assembly--9
Prime Minister of Japan-9-
member of the Kōchi Prefectural Assembly-17
member of the Nara Prefectural Assembly--8
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy-8-
President of the House of Councillors-71
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan-71
member of the Okayama Prefectural Assembly--7
vice-governor of Okinawa Prefecture--7
member of the Gifu Prefectural Assembly--6
member of the Saga Prefectural Assembly--6
member of the Yamagata Prefectural Assembly--6
vice-governor of Hokkaidō--6
Chief Justice of Japan-41
Governor, Bank of Japan131
member of the Tottori Prefectural Assembly--5
Minister of State for Disaster Management-5-
vice-governor of Aichi Prefecture--5
vice-governor of Miyazaki Prefecture--5
vice-governor of Osaka Prefecture--5
governor of Tokushima Prefecture-13
member of the Shimane Prefectural Assembly--4
vice-governor of Fukui Prefecture-13
vice-governor of Hiroshima Prefecture--4
vice-governor of Ishikawa Prefecture--4
vice-governor of Kyoto Prefecture-22
vice-governor of Nagasaki Prefecture--4
vice-governor of Okayama Prefecture--4
vice-governor of Shizuoka Prefecture--4
vice-governor of Yamagata Prefecture--4
vice-governor of Yamanashi Prefecture--4
Deputy Prime Minister of Japan-3-
governor of Kōchi Prefecture-12
governor of Tottori Prefecture--3
governor of Wakayama Prefecture-12
governor of Yamagata Prefecture--3
Minister for Reconstruction of Japan-3-
Minister of State for Special Missions-21
speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan-21
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister-3-
vice-governor of Akita Prefecture--3
vice-governor of Fukuoka Prefecture--3
vice-governor of Hyōgo Prefecture--3
vice-governor of Kanagawa Prefecture--3
vice-governor of Kumamoto Prefecture--3
vice-governor of Saitama Prefecture--3
vice-governor of Toyama Prefecture--3
Vice-President of the House of Councillors-21
Commissioner General of the National Police Agency-11
Crown Princess of Japan-11
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary-2-
Director of Cabinet Intelligence-11
Emperor of Japan-11
Empress of Japan-11
governor of Akita Prefecture--2
governor of Aomori Prefecture-11
governor of Chiba Prefecture-11

What do these numbers mean?

We keep track both if political positions and the individuals who occupy those positions over time. Of course, a person can hold a position for multiple terms, and multiple people can occupy the same position at the same time (e.g. members of parliament).

If a person previously held a position, and currently holds the same position, they are only counted once and recorded under Current. If it is unclear from the source whether they have left the position, they will be counted under Unclear.

How can status be unclear?

Some of the data sources we rely on indicate both past and present holders of political offices. In those cases, a lack of a precise end date for a person's occupancy of a position can mean that we don't know whether they currently hold the position or not. Read more...