Yukio Hatoyama served as Prime Minister of Japan between September 2009 and June 2010. He holds a BSc. in Engineering from the Tokyo University and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University. Early in his career, he was a professor at Senshyu University, prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and the commencement of his political career. As a member of the House of Representatives, he represents the ninth District of Hokkaido.
Over the course of his political career, Dr. Hatoyama has served as President of the Democratic Party of Japan (1999 to 2002), Member of the Standing Officers Council (2002 To 2004), Next Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Democratic Party of Japan’s Shadow Cabinet (2004 to 2005), and Secretary General, the Democratic Party of Japan from 2005 to 2009. In May 2009, he became the President of the Democratic Party of Japan, the main opposition party, and in September of that year, was elected Prime Minister.