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PROFILE: Economy minister Motegi is policy expert with diverse background

  • August 3, 2017
  • , Kyodo News
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New Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is a veteran politician well-versed in foreign and economic affairs with a multifaceted career background.

 

Motegi, 61, will oversee Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy initiative to foster human resources amid the aging of Japan’s population. He has served twice as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s policy chief.

 

Motegi concurrently serves as economic revitalization minister.

 

When Abe returned to power in 2012, Motegi assumed the post of economy, trade and industry minister. As the LDP’s policy chief in 2011, he promoted talks with the then New Komeito party and the Democratic Party of Japan over the issue of social security and tax reforms.

 

Before entering the political arena, the graduate of the University of Tokyo and John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University worked for trading house Marubeni Corp., the Yomiuri Shimbun daily as a political news reporter and McKinsey & Co. as a consultant.

 

A native of Tochigi Prefecture, Motegi won his first seat in the House of Representatives in 1993 and is currently serving his eighth term.

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