Kazuo Shii

Kazuo Shii (志位 和夫, Shii Kazuo, born 29 July 1954) is a Japanese politician who has served as the Chairman of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) since 24 November 2000.

Kazuo Shii
志位 和夫
Shii in 2017
Chairman of the Japanese Communist Party
Assumed office
24 November 2000
Preceded byTetsuzō Fuwa
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
18 July 1993
ConstituencySouthern Kanto proportional representation block
Personal details
Born (1954-07-29) 29 July 1954
Yotsukaidō, Chiba, Japan
Political partyJapanese Communist Party
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
OccupationPolitician and staff of the political party

Early life

Shii was born in Yotsukaidō in Chiba Prefecture, the son of two schoolteachers. He graduated with the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Physics and Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He joined the JCP during his first year at the University and became an active participant in the party's student wing. After graduation, he got a job in the JCP-Tokyo Committee to lead Waseda University's youth student movement. He worked in the Central Committee of the JCP from 1982.[1]

Political career

In 1990, Shii became the head of the party's Secretariat. In 1993, he was elected as a member of the House of Representatives for the first time for Chiba 1st district, then a multi-member electoral district with five slots, narrowly coming in last at 5th place with just 1,020 votes over sixth-place LDP candidate Kazuo Eguchi.

Shii became the party's leader in 2000.[2]

In 2006, Shii became the first JCP chairman to visit South Korea, where he traveled to an international conference of Asian political parties. He visited the site of Seodaemun Prison and paid tribute to the memory of Korean anti-colonial activists who were imprisoned during the period of Japanese colonialism. Shii also met the speaker of the National Assembly, the chairman of the Uri Party, and the floor leader of the Grand National Party.[3] He also became the first JCP leader to visit the United States, doing so in April 2010.

In 2020, under Shii's leadership, the Japanese Communist Party denounced the Chinese government for its activities in the East China Sea, in the South China Sea, and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.[4] A position paper issued by the party said that China's "great-power chauvinism and hegemonism" were "an adverse current to world peace and progress."[4] At the party's conference in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, Shii said that "the Chinese leadership’s mistake is extremely serious. That action does not deserve the name of the Communist Party."[4] The Japanese and Chinese communist parties had previously been diverging for decades.[4][5]

Personal life

Shii plays the piano; he has said music is "a part of [his] life" and seriously considered becoming a musician. When he was about to begin university, he considered majoring in music or physics, and chose physics in the end.[6] Shii says his favorite composers are Franz Schubert and Dmitri Shostakovich.[7] Despite being on starkly opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, Shii took part in a dialogue with former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2020, where they discussed their mutual love for classical music.[8]

He has been sanctioned by Russia over his support for Ukraine.[9]


  • Shii, Kazuo (1992). What is Scientific Socialism?. Tokyo: Shinnihon Shuppansha. ISBN 4-406-02064-0.
  • Shii, Kazuo (2007). What kind of party is the Japanese Communist Party?. Tokyo: Shinnihon Shuppansha. ISBN 978-4406050180.


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