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PROFILE: New justice chief is ex-prosecutor from Abe’s rival faction

  • October 2, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 06:36 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO – New justice minister Takashi Yamashita, a junior lower house member who assumes his first Cabinet post, is a former prosecutor hailing from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s rival faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.


The 53-year-old Yamashita, who won his first House of Representatives seat in 2012, has led a number of lawmaker-initiated bills into passage, including acts to prevent revenge pornography and to promote the use of vacant houses in Japan.


Yamashita belongs to an LDP faction led by former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, Abe’s sole contender in the LDP leadership race on Sept. 20. Even though he voted for Ishiba in the race, he still garnered support from those close to the premier in winning the ministerial post.


Before entering politics, the native of Okayama Prefecture in western Japan worked as a member of the special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office.

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