Yoshirō Mori

86th Prime Minister of Japan

Yoshirō Mori (森 喜朗, Mori Yoshirō, born 14 July 1937) is a Japanese politician. He was the 85th and 86th Prime Minister of Japan from 5 April 2000 until 26 April 2001. Mori has been described as having "the heart of a flea and the brain of a shark,".[1][2] He was not a well liked prime minister. Mori is mainly remembered today for his many gaffes. He is currently President of the Japan Rugby Football Union as well as the Japan-Korea Parliamentarians' Union.

Yoshiro Mori
森 喜朗
55th Prime Minister of Japan
In office
5 April 2000 – 26 April 2001
Preceded byMikio Aoki (acting)
Succeeded byJunichiro Koizumi
Minister of Construction
In office
8 August 1995 – 11 January 1996
Prime MinisterTomiichi Murayama
Preceded byKoken Nosaka
Succeeded byEiichi Nakao
Minister of International Trade and Industry
In office
12 December 1992 – 20 July 1993
Prime MinisterKiichi Miyazawa
Preceded byKozo Watanabe
Succeeded byHiroshi Kumagai
Minister of Education
In office
27 December 1983 – 1 November 1984
Prime MinisterYasuhiro Nakasone
Preceded byMitsuo Setoyama
Succeeded byHikaru Matsunaga
President of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Assumed office
21 August 2016
LeaderThomas Bach
Preceded byCarlos Arthur Nuzman
Succeeded byTony Estanguet
President of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Assumed office
24 January 2014
Preceded byCommittee established
Personal details
Born (1937-07-14) 14 July 1937 (age 86)
Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic
Spouse(s)Chieko Maki
ChildrenYūki Mori
Yoko Fujimoto
Alma materWaseda University
WebsiteYoshiro Mori WebSite

In 2014, he was appointed to be in charge of the organizing committee for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.[3] He resigned in February 2021 after he made some sexist comments at a committee meeting.[4]


  1. Profile: Yoshiro Mori BBC News, (2000-11-20, 08:34 GMT
  2. 噂の眞相特別取材班「『サメの脳ミソ』と『ノミの心臓』を持つ森喜朗 "総理失格" の人間性の証明」 (『噂の眞相』2000年6月号、pp.24–31)
  3. "Mori says he may not live to see 2020 Olympics". AFP. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  4. "Tokyo Olympics head quits over sexism row with no successor in sight". Kyodo News. 12 February 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2021.