TOKYO – Ryota Takeda, newly appointed head of the National Public Safety Commission and minister for disaster management, has served in key posts including senior vice defense minister and deputy secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Before entering politics, the 51-year-old Fukuoka Prefecture native used to be a secretary to Shizuka Kamei, a well-known former lawmaker who has served as minister of transport and financial services.
The six-term member of the House of Representatives won his first seat in 2003 on his fourth try. He once left the LDP after opposing a plan to privatize state-run postal services pursued by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2005, and later rejoined the party along with others.
First-time Cabinet appointee Takeda is a fan of Japanese rock singer Eikichi Yazawa.