Naoto Kan

1946 - Today

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Naoto Kan (菅 直人, Kan Naoto, born 10 October 1946) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan and President of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) from June 2010 to September 2011. Kan was the first Prime Minister since the resignation of Junichiro Koizumi in 2006 to serve for more than one year, with his predecessors Yukio Hatoyama, Tarō Asō, Yasuo Fukuda, and Shinzo Abe either resigning prematurely or losing an election. On 26 August 2011, Kan announced his resignation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Naoto Kan has received more than 724,325 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Naoto Kan is the 2,274th most popular politician (up from 3,511th in 2019), the 97th most popular biography from Japan (up from 176th in 2019) and the 27th most popular Japanese Politician.

Naoto Kan was the Prime Minister of Japan during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. He was most famous for his response to the disaster and his efforts to rebuild the country.

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Among politicians, Naoto Kan ranks 2,274 out of 19,576Before him are James IV of Scotland, Gennady Zyuganov, Empress Go-Sakuramachi, Leopold V, Duke of Austria, Auguste Mariette, and Henry II, Duke of Bavaria. After him are Ricimer, Otto Strasser, Shirkuh, Nero Julius Caesar, Robert, King of Naples, and Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias.

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Among people born in 1946, Naoto Kan ranks 61Before him are Charles Dance, Thongloun Sisoulith, Tim Curry, Barry Gibb, Dragan Džajić, and Dolly Parton. After him are Sally Field, Bolo Yeung, Danny Glover, Tansu Çiller, Berti Vogts, and Ilie Năstase.

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Among people born in Japan, Naoto Kan ranks 97 out of 6,245Before him are Kōbō Abe (1924), Kūkai (774), Emperor Itoku (-553), Prince Shōtoku (574), Benkei (1155), and Empress Go-Sakuramachi (1740). After him are Akira Suzuki (1930), Paulo Miki (1564), Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835), Empress Meishō (1624), Sugawara no Michizane (845), and Joan Fontaine (1917).


Among politicians born in Japan, Naoto Kan ranks 27Before him are Emperor Annei (-577), Yoshihide Suga (1948), Himiko (175), Emperor Itoku (-553), Prince Shōtoku (574), and Empress Go-Sakuramachi (1740). After him are Emperor Go-Momozono (1758), Emperor Kōshō (-505), Fumimaro Konoe (1891), Tarō Asō (1940), Emperor Nakamikado (1702), and Emperor Nintoku (290).