TOKYO – Junzo Yamamoto, who assumed his first Cabinet post as head of the National Public Safety Commission and state minister for disaster management, is known for his expertise in regional development and education reforms.
Yamamoto, 63, first elected to the House of Councillors in 2004, previously worked for a steel company before serving as an Ehime prefectural assembly member. He has held the key posts of senior vice-minister and parliamentary secretary at the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry.
Having served as a local assembly member for six terms, he has stressed the significance of promoting regional development and building transportation networks. Yamamoto has also been working to improve early childhood education.
A native of Ehime Prefecture — one of many western Japan areas hit hard by deadly torrential rains this July — Yamamoto sparked outrage among opposition parties as he only referred to the damage caused in his own electoral district in calling for relief measures at the Diet.