(Nikkei: February 24, 2015 – p. 4)
Yoshimasa Hayashi studied at Harvard University after working at Mitsui & Co. He entered the political world after serving as a secretary to then Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi, his father. He is well-versed in policies in a broad range of areas, from finance to security. He was called the “prince of the House of Councillors.” He has an excellent understanding and scores big points with bureaucrats. He plays the guitar and keyboard with his colleagues in a band.
He ran in the 2012 presidential election of the Liberal Democratic Party, but he placed in the bottom among the five candidates. In 2012, he gave up a plan to switch to the House of Representatives by running in the electoral district that has been represented by LDP Election Strategy Committee Chairman Takeo Kawamura. Some LDP members says Hayashi “lacks political sense. “