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PROFILE: PM Abe’s close aide Seko retained as industry minister

  • October 2, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 06:02 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO – Hiroshige Seko, a close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a communications expert, retained the post of economy, trade and industry minister.


Seko, 55, served as deputy chief Cabinet secretary in Abe’s Cabinet before taking his current portfolio in 2016. He was a special advisor to Abe during the premier’s first stint in 2006-2007.


The House of Councillors lawmaker is credited with promoting an economic cooperation plan between Japan and Russia with an eye to resolving the two countries’ territorial dispute. As industry minister, he recently led efforts to restore power in the quake-hit northern main island of Hokkaido.


In 1986, he joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., where he later took a senior post in the public relations and media section before entering politics.

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