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Seiji Maehara (前原 誠司, Maehara Seiji?, born 30 April 1962) is a member of the House of Representatives of Japan. He is the former Foreign Minister of Japan and also a former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
On 16 September 2009, he assumed the office of Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. He retained the post in the cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, but was moved to Foreign Minister in September 2010. He resigned from the cabinet in March 2011 after he acknowledged receiving illegal donations from a South Korean national living in Japan.
Maehara is viewed as a "China hawk" and a proponent of close ties with the United States.