TOKYO – Retained as minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, Keiichi Ishii is widely seen as a potential future leader of the Komeito party, the coalition partner of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party.
Ishii, 60, was a bureaucrat of the now-defunct Construction Ministry before getting into politics. He has served as the land minister for over 1,000 days since his appointment in 2015, the longest-ever for the post.
Before his ministerial post, Ishii served as policy chief of Komeito for about five years. He is the sole member of Komeito in the Cabinet.
He also served as a senior vice finance minister between 2003 and 2004.