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PROFILE: New health minister Nemoto is old Abe ally with focus on policymaking

  • October 2, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 05:50 p.m.
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TOKYO – Takumi Nemoto, the new minister of health, labor and welfare, is an old ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with whom he formed a study group in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the past.

 

The two became close after both won seats in the House of Representatives in 1993. Nemoto, 67, served as special adviser to the premier during Abe’s first stint in power between 2006 and 2007, and as reconstruction minister after his return in 2012.

 

Those close to Nemoto say he is passionate about legislation but unskilled at playing the political game to gain the support of peers. He is tasked with implementing sweeping labor reforms coming into effect in April as well as looking after the country’s fast-graying population.

 

The Fukushima Prefecture native has also recently played a leading role in discussions within the LDP on revising Japan’s Constitution, a long-held goal for Abe.

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