Shizue Yamaguchi, who was in 1946 elected as one of Japan’s first female lawmakers, died of kidney failure at a Tokyo hospital, at the age of 94. The death took place on April 3, but Yamaguchi had wanted her death not to be announced until now.
Yamaguchi Shizue Garden, a sports club in Tokyo where she had been a management board member, said that former lawmaker wanted to keep her death a secret until October 31, her birthday, when she would have turned 95.
Yamaguchi was born in Tokyo in 1917. She was a member of the Diet 13 times, being elected in Tokyo. She was first a member of the Social Democratic Party and moved in 1967 to the Liberal Democratic Party, Kyodo reported.
She occupied key government posts including parliamentary vice minister and received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1977.