Hitoshi Motoshima

Japanese politician

Hitoshi Motoshima (本島 等, Motoshima Hitoshi, February 20, 1922 – October 31, 2014) was a Japanese politician. He served four terms as mayor of Nagasaki from 1979 to 1995. He has publicly made controversial statements about the responsibility of Japan and its then-reigning Emperor for World War II. He survived an assassination attempt in 1990.

Hitoshi Motoshima
本島 等
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Mayor of Nagasaki
In office
2 May 1979 – 1 May 1995
Preceded byYoshitake Morotani
Succeeded byIccho Itoh
Representative for Nagasaki Prefectural Legislature
In office
Personal details
Born(1922-02-20)February 20, 1922
Shin-Kamigotō, Nagasaki, Japan
DiedOctober 31, 2014(2014-10-31) (aged 92)
Nagasaki, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party of Japan
Alma materKyoto University
Motoshima survived an assassination attempt while serving as mayor of Nagasaki in 1990. His mayoral successor, Iccho Itoh, was killed in an unrelated assassination in 2007.

On October 31, 2014, Motoshima died at the age of 92 in Nagasaki, Japan from natural causes.[1]


  1. "Former Nagasaki Mayor Motoshima, once wounded by a rightist for emperor comment, dies at 92". AJW.Asahi.com. Retrieved October 31, 2014.