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PROFILE: Industry minister Sugawara to deal with S. Korea export controls

  • September 11, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 02:49 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO – As minister of economy, trade and industry, Isshu Sugawara will be charged with enforcing Japan’s tightened export controls on South Korea despite a fierce backlash from the country.


A two-time senior vice minister, the 57-year-old is currently in his sixth term in the House of Representatives. Not belonging to any of the Liberal Democratic Party’s major factions, he is a close ally of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.


Sugawara is known as a vocal advocate for reducing Japan’s reliance on nuclear energy and switching to renewables, a cause he will be able to advance with his new portfolio.


The Tokyo native worked at a major trading house before being elected to a local assembly in 1991. He is also known as a skilled dancer, having performed with Sam, a member of Japanese pop band TRF, in their youth.

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