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PROFILE: Justice Minister Kawai is advocate of Abe’s foreign policy

  • September 11, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 4:41 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO – Katsuyuki Kawai, who was named justice minister in his first Cabinet post, has actively promoted Japan’s diplomacy in Washington and elsewhere as special adviser for foreign affairs to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Kawai, 56, has held talks with officials of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, members of Congress, as well as experts at U.S. think tanks in his more than 30 trips to the U.S. capital since Abe returned to power in 2012.


An LDP member who does not belong to any intraparty faction, the seventh-term House of Representatives member from Hiroshima Prefecture has served as senior vice minister of justice and chairman of the lower house Foreign Affairs Committee.


Kawai graduated from Keio University and studied at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management. His wife Anri, who ran on an LDP ticket, won her first seat at the House of Councillors in the upper house election in July.

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