TOKYO – Taku Eto, appointed as minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, is one of the leading experts in farm issues in the Liberal Democratic Party.
Eto pushed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to avoid making excessive concessions — and not upset Japanese farmers — when it negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional free trade agreement, and a bilateral trade deal with the United States.
The 59-year-old has actively promoted exports of Japanese agricultural products as an adviser to Abe, a post he took last October. Eto earlier served as a deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
The six-term member of the House of Representatives from Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, worked as a secretary to his father, the late Takami Eto, a former head of the now-defunct Management and Coordination Agency, before entering politics.