Kono Yohei is a Japanese politician and a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from November 2003 until August 2009, when the LDP lost its majority in the 2009 election. Kōno served as speaker for the longest length since the set up of House of Representatives in 1890. He was the president of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations from 1999 to 2013. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1994–95, and Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and Murayama's successor Yoshiro Mori.