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Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko (Hiro Komae/Associated Press)

Since the end of World War Two, Japan has had 34 changes of prime minister compared to 14 in the United Kingdom and 12 presidents in the United States (as of August 2011). The U.S. 4-year presidential term provides a good deal of that stability of course - Japan can see as many as four prime ministers in the same period! No wonder meaningful change is such a rare thing in the Japanese political system.

Postwar Japanese Prime Ministers

ABE Shinzo

NODA Yoshihiko

KAN Naoto

HATOYAMA Yukio

ASO Taro

FUKUDA Yasuo

ABE Shinzo

KOIZUMI Junichiro (profile)

MORI Yoshiro

OBUCHI Keizo

HASHIMOTO Ryutaro

MURAYAMA Tomiichi

HATA Tsutomu

HOSOKAWA Morihiro

MIYAZAWA Kiichi

KAIFU Toshiki

UNO Sosuke

TAKESHITA Noboru

NAKASONE Yasuhiro

SUZUKI Zenko

OHIRA Masayoshi

FUKUDA Takeo

MIKI Takeo

TANAKA Kakuei

SATO Eisaku

IKEDA Hayato

KISHI Nobusuke

ISHIBASHI Tanzan

HATOYAMA Ichiro

YOSHIDA Shigeru

ASHIDA Hitoshi

KATAYAMA Tetsu

YOSHIDA Shigeru

SHIDEHARA Kijuro

HIGASHIKUNI Naruhiko

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August 2011 - December 2012

June 2010 - August 2011

September 2009 - June 2010

September 2008 - September 2009

September 2007 - September 2008

September 2006 - September 2007

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April 2000 - April 2001

July 1998 - April 2000

January 1996 - July 1998

June 1994 - January 1996

April 1994 - June 1994

August 1993 - April 1994

November 1991 - August 1993

August 1989 - November 1991

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November 1987 - June 1989

November 1982 - November 1987

July 1980 - November 1982

December 1978 - July 1980

December 1976 - December 1978

December 1974 - December 1976

July 1972 - December 1974

November 1964 - July 1972

July 1960 - November 1964

February 1957 - July 1960

December 1956 - February 1957

December 1954 - December 1956

October 1948 - December 1954

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October 1945 - May 1946

August 1945 - October 1945

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Prewar Japanese Prime Ministers

SUZUKI Kantaro

KOISO Kuniaki

TOJO Hideki

KONOE Fumimaro

YONAI Mitsumasa

ABE Nobuyuki

HIRANUMA Kiichiro

KONOE Fumimaro

HAYASHI Senjuro

HIROTA Koki

OKADA Keisuke

SAITO Makoto

INUKAI Tsuyoshi

WAKATSUKI Reijiro

HAMAGUCHI Osachi

TANAKA Giichi

WAKATSUKI Reijiro

KATO Takaaki

KIYOURA Keigo

YAMAMOTO Gonnohyoe

KATO Tomosaburo

TAKAHASHI Korekiyo

HARA Takashi

TERAUCHI Masatake

OKUMA Shigenobu

YAMAMOTO Gonnohyoe

KATSURA Taro

SAIONJI Kimmochi

KATSURA Taro

SAIONJI Kimmochi

KATSURA Taro

ITO Hirobumi

YAMAGATA Aritomo

OKUMA Shigenobu

ITO Hirobumi

MATSUKATA Masayoshi

ITO Hirobumi

MATSUKATA Masayoshi

YAMAGATA Aritomo

KURODA Kiyotaka

ITO Hirobumi

April 1945 - August 1945

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September 1896 - January 1898

August 1892 - September 1896

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April 1888 - December 1889

December 1885 - April 1888

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