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Katsuya Okada press conference in Tokyo
Katsuya Okada, Vice President, Democratic Party of Japan, speaks to foreign correspondents during a press conferenece in Tokyo, Japan on July 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Katsuya Okada (岡田 克也, Okada Katsuya?, born July 14, 1953) is a Japanese politician. He is a member of the House of Representatives of Japan, and the former president and current Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Japan. From September 2009 to September 2010, he served as the country's Foreign Minister.

Okada is the second son of Takuya Okada, who is a founder of Japanese retail giant AEON Group. His elder brother, Motoya Okada is the President and CEO of AEON Group. He has a younger brother and a half-sister. A native of Yokkaichi, Mie, Okada graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in law, and entered the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. He also studied at Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs in Harvard University.

Okada ran for the House of Representatives at the 1990 general election from LDP, representing Mie Prefecture's third district, and later joined the Takeshita faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, and followed faction leaders Tsutomu Hata and Ichirō Ozawa to join the Japan Renewal Party in 1993. Through a series of splits and mergers, Okada then became a member of the Shinshinto, Sun Party, and Minseito, finally entering the DPJ upon its merger with Minseito in 1998.

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