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Kazuo Shii

Kazuo Shii (志位 和夫, Shii Kazuo, born 29 July 1954) is a Japanese politician who has served as the Chairman of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) since 24 November 2000.

Early life

Shii was born in Yotsukaidō in Chiba Prefecture, the son of two schoolteachers. He graduated with the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Physics and Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He joined the JCP during his first year at the University and became an active participant in the party’s student wing. After graduation, he got a job in the JCP-Tokyo Committee to lead Waseda University‘s youth student movement. He worked in the Central Committee of the JCP from 1982.[