28 Facts About Hiroshi Hase


Hiroshi Hase is a Japanese politician who is currently the governor of Ishikawa Prefecture.


Hiroshi Hase served as the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Hiroshi Hase then became a teacher of classic Japanese literature in a high school in Ishikawa Prefecture, before pursuing a professional wrestling career in 1985.


Hiroshi Hase became an amateur wrestler, representing Japan at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


Originally trained by Riki Choshu, Hiroshi Hase began his pro wrestling career in February 1986, at Carlos Colon's World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico.


Later that year, Hiroshi Hase went to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he was trained by Stu Hart and Tokyo Joe.


Hiroshi Hase would wrestle in Stampede Wrestling, under a mask, in a tag team known as the Viet Cong Express with Fumihiro Niikura, with whom he held the Stampede International Tag Team Championship.


When he returned to Japan, Hiroshi Hase wrestled for NJPW's junior heavyweight division, winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship twice.


Hiroshi Hase defeated Kuniaki Kobayashi on December 27,1987, and held it until May 27,1988, losing the title to Owen Hart.


Hiroshi Hase would become one of the only wrestlers, Japanese or American, to successfully graduate from the junior heavyweight to heavyweight class.


In June 1990, Hiroshi Hase had a near-death experience in the ring, after being knocked out by a backdrop from Tatsutoshi Goto.


Hiroshi Hase was involved in a classic December 14,1992, encounter with The Great Muta, in which the "Muta Scale" was created, due to the incredible amount of blood shed by Muta, which was payback for Muta bloodying Hiroshi Hase on September 14,1990.


On March 16,1994, Hiroshi Hase defeated Rick Rude to win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship, and he re-lost the title to Rude on March 24,1994.


Hiroshi Hase wrestled one more match for NJPW on July 26,1996, teaming with Sasaki, losing to Riki Choshu and Yuji Nagata.


When Muto jumped to All Japan the following year, Hiroshi Hase was seen as having influenced them in their decision.


Hiroshi Hase tagged with Katsuhiko Nakajima and Satoshi Kojima to face Taru, Suwama and "brother" Yasshi of the Voodoo Murderers.


Hiroshi Hase pinned Yasshi with a Northern Light Suplex for the victory, ending his in-ring career after 20 years.


On July 10,2007, Hiroshi Hase took over the duty of the Pacific Wrestling Federation chairman, after Stan Hansen voluntarily resigned from the position.


On March 17,2013, Hiroshi Hase announced that he was stepping down as chairman for the PWF after nearly six years.


On July 26,2017, Hiroshi Hase returned to the ring at a Pro Wrestling Masters event, produced by Keiji Muto.


Since then, Hiroshi Hase has made two one-off appearances for Pro Wrestling NOAH, most recently on January 1,2023, teaming up with Kazuyuki Fujita, Nosawa Rongai and Kendo Kashin in a winning effort against Masakatsu Funaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Manabu Soya and Hajime Ohara.


Hiroshi Hase had the honor of learning under both Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba, making him one of the few that learned under both men.


In July 1995, Hiroshi Hase was elected into the Japanese House of Councillors, the upper house of the National Diet, as an independent candidate representing the Ishikawa Prefecture.


Hiroshi Hase is a defender of the Hague Convention and supports legislation intended to ensure visitation rights between children and their parents separated through divorce or other marital disputes in Japan.


Hiroshi Hase replaced Hakubun Shimomura, who stepped down from the post after being accused of mishandling the main stadium project for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


Hiroshi Hase led a multiparty caucus intended to examine discrimination against the LGBT community in Japan, a move that was intended to prepare the country for the Olympics.


On March 13,2022, Hiroshi Hase was elected as the Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture in a crowded race.


In 1994, Hiroshi Hase married Kyoko Takami, the daughter of writer Jun Takami.