TOKYO – New Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba is a veteran lawmaker from the Komeito party, the junior coalition partner of the Liberal Democratic Party, and known to be close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The 61-year-old, who is serving his eighth term as a House of Representatives member, is a deputy chair of Komeito’s Policy Research Council and worked as a senior vice finance minister.
In the revamped Cabinet, Akaba is the sole member of Komeito, replacing another Komeito lawmaker, Keiichi Ishii, in the post. The position has been held by a Komeito lawmaker since December 2012.
Akaba and Abe were both first elected as parliamentarians in 1993 and Akaba was named as a senior vice minister of economy, trade and industry when Abe returned to power in December 2012.