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Japan Elections contested in Tokyo
Yukio Hatoyama (L), head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), and secretary general Katsuya Okada place a flower on the name of a party member who was announced a winner at Laforet Museum Roppongi where the party is hearing the results of the lower house election on August 30, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. 1,374 candidates are contesting for the 480 seats in the Lower House. UPI/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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