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Chieko Nōno
南野 知恵子
Minister of Justice
In office
September 27, 2004 – October 31, 2005
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byDaizō Nozawa
Succeeded bySeiken Sugiura
Personal details
Born (1935-11-14) November 14, 1935 (age 88)
Qiqihar, Manchukuo (now Manchuria, China)
Third Realigned Koizumi Cabinet
SecretaryShinzō Abe
Internal AffairsHeizō Takenaka
JusticeSeiken Sugiura
Foreign AffairsTaro Aso
FinanceSadakazu Tanigaki
EducationKenji Kosaka
HealthJirō Kawasaki
AgricultureShoichi Nakagawa
EconomyToshihiro Nikai
LandKazuo Kitagawa
EnvironmentYuriko Koike
DefenseFukushiro Nukaga
Ministers of State

Chieko Nohno (南野 知恵子, Nōno Chieko, born November 14, 1935) is a Japanese politician. In some English-language Japanese newspapers her family name is romanized as Noono.

She was born in Qiqihar, Manchuria in 1935 and moved to Kagoshima Prefecture at the end of World War II. She graduated from Kagoshima Prefectural Konan High School in 1954 and attended the School of Midwifery attached to the Medical Department of Osaka University. Nohno worked as a nurse for more than thirty years before beginning her political career.

She was first elected to the House of Councillors in 1992, and was reelected in 1998 and 2004. In 2001 she served as the Vice Minister for Labor for half a year. She was Minister for Combating Birth Decline and for Gender Equality.[1]

Prime Minister Koizumi appointed her Minister of Justice on 27 September 2004. Her selection was somewhat controversial. Her background is in medicine, with no formal legal training. She is only the second woman to serve in the position. The first was Tachiko Nagao, who served for ten months in 1996.

Nohno has spoken in favor of immigration and assimilation of immigrants into Japanese society.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Civic Lawmaking: The Case of the Domestic Violence Movement in Japan". The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Retrieved 2023-08-21.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Justice of Japan
Succeeded by