Tokyo, Dec. 27 (Jiji Press) — Taro Aso on Wednesday became the second-longest-serving Japanese finance minister in the post-World War II period, marking his 1,828th day in office.
He tied with Mikio Mizuta, who served as finance minister under two prime ministers, Hayato Ikeda and Eisaku Sato, in the 1960s and 1970s.
The longest-serving finance minister is Kiichi Miyazaya, who held the post for a total of 1,874 days between the 1980s and 2000s. Aso is expected to overtake Miyazawa on Feb. 12, 2018.
Aso took the post on Dec. 26, 2012, when the second administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was launched.
“I’ll continue working hard to ensure that Japan end deflation,” Aso told news conference Tuesday, the fifth anniversary of Abe’s administration. He stressed an improvement in economic conditions in the country.