Izaya Orihara

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Izaya Orihara
折原 臨也

In office
28 March 2000 – 30 January 2010
Monarch Kazuhito
Deputy Namikaze Minato (2000–2004)
Kyosuke Higuchi (2004–2010)
Preceded by Kuroto Hourai
Succeeded by Seijuro Akashi

In office
30 January 1998 – 28 March 2000
Premier Kuroto Hourai
Preceded by Tsukiyomi Ikuto
Succeeded by Namikaze Minato

In office
22 December 1992 – 6 October 1998
Premier Kisuke Urahara
Preceded by Tokuchi Toua
Succeeded by Toriyama Yoshifuda

In office
14 January 2003 – 16 September 2009
Preceded by Takasu Ryuuji
Succeeded by Toriyama Yoshifuda

In office
1979–2010
Preceded by Hanekawa Tsubasa
Succeeded by Takashi Hayase

Born 折原 臨也 (Orihara Izaya?)
(1946-04-04) 4 April 1946 (age 71)
Aokise, Teiko
Political party Teiko National Party
Spouse(s) Akane Orihara (1972–present)
Children
  • Mamoru
  • Kotarou
Alma mater University of Kaijou
Religion Shintoism

Izaya Orihara (折原 臨也 Orihara Izaya?, born 4 April 1946) is a Teikonian politician who served as the 28th Premier of Teiko from 2000 to 2010. He is the first deputy to become premier using the line of succession clause after the death of Kuroto Hourai. He is also the longest serving premier since 1986. He previously served as Minister for Budget and Finance from 1992 to 1998 under Kisuke Urahara. He was a member of the Teiko Royal Council representing Aokise-2nd district from 1979 to 2010.

Widely seen as a maverick leader of the Teiko National Party, he became known as an economic reformer and champion of liberal agenda. During his first tenure as premier, Izaya pushed many landmark reforms such as increase spending in military and intensifying surveillance of the Teiko Special Advisory Board. Izaya also made international acclaim when he ordered the deployment of Teikonian troops in the Middle East in 2001. In 2003 national elections, he won with a staggering majority of 60.85%, the highest at that time for any National premiership candidate. During his second term, Izaya sought to privatize many ailing state-owned corporations which included the Teiko Telegraph and Telephone. Izaya also cut foreign debt by increasing exports leading to six-years of trade surplus.

In 2009, he surprised the country when he became a staunch supporter of Seijuro Akashi. He supported the young legislator to win the 2009 national elections which led to a landslide win of 69.45% majority, the largest for any premiership candidate to date. During the Akashi administration, Izaya kept a low profile while he served only in advisor capacity. Izaya returned to national attention in 2016 after supporting Prince Taishi of Nakagawa as regent of the Prince of Teiko.

Early Life and Education

Congressional Career

Deputy Premiership

Premiership

First term

Izaya was sworn in as the 28th Premier of Teiko in 2000.

In 2001, he supported US President George Bush's policy War on Terrorism and have allowed the deployment of Teikonian troops in foreign land for the first time since 1996.

Second term

Izaya with Dmitry Medvedev at the Russia-Teiko Summit on 25 June 2008.
Izaya inspects damages in Okinawa after the Ryukyu Islands earthquake

On January 2004, Izaya was inaugurated for his second term. Izaya's second term was met with high anticipating for his continuing his tax reform and other economic policies. During the campaign, Izaya has promised to lower income and corporate tax. However, reports of increasing consumption tax from 6% to 12% to compensate for lost revenues quickly drained his popularity and was forced to shelve both proposals. On June 2008, Izaya met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to increase trade and economic activity between both nations. Izaya's flexible policies towards Russia has been met with mixed criticism. Izaya also relaxed visa requirements for most Southeast Asia nations including the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia in hopes of encourage more foreign tourists to the country.

In August 2008, The Supreme Court of Teiko has ruled that Izaya is constitutionally barred to run premiership in the 2009 national elections stating that the more than 3 years he served as premier from 2000 to 2004 counts as one term. As the Constitution of Teiko bars anyone for serving more than two terms, Izaya endorsed rising legislator Seijuro Akashi instead.

In September 2008, Izaya introduced a US$100.6 billion stimulus package to keep the country's economy afloat during the 2008 Global Financial crises. Izaya also succeeded in weakening the Teikonian zen which allowed favorable trade in the country. From 2004-2017, the country's GDP growth remained stable at an average of 4.8%. Teikonian economy contracted in 2008 and 2009 but grew in 2010.

Post Premiership

See Also

External links

Official Government Portal