Kono’s tenure longest as speaker

Kyodo News

Yohei Kono will set an all-time record Thursday for length of service as speaker of the House of Representatives, at 1,786 days, surpassing Ikuzo Ooka, who served as speaker before World War II.

The 71-year-old Kono’s tenure will finally end when the Lower House is dissolved. He has said he will retire from politics at the end of his current term.

Kono was first elected to the Lower House in 1967 on the Liberal Democratic Party ticket.

He became speaker of the Lower House in November 2003.