The 71-year-old, sharing Abe’s views on amending the Constitution and the imperial system, doubles as minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs.


Well-versed in social security policies with a strong interest in support for the disabled, Eto has vowed to work on the dwindling birthrate by strengthening support for households with more than one child.


The three-term member of the House of Councillors from Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan, is also a member of the chamber’s special committee on North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens. He was elected four times to the House of Representatives from 1990.