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PROFILE: New land minister Akaba known to be close to Abe

  • September 11, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 5:42 p.m.
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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.

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