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Profile: Okonogi, son of Suga’s boss, in disaster role again

  • September 16, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 4:48 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO – Hachiro Okonogi, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission and disaster management minister, is taking up the posts for the second time, having held them for a year from 2017 in his first stint in the Cabinet.

 

Okonogi headed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s campaign in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election. His family has a connection with the new premier as Suga used to work as a secretary for Okonogi’s late father Hikosaburo Okonogi, a former construction minister, when Suga started out on his political career.

 

The 55-year-old native of Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, does not perform well under pressure in Diet debate and has tended to play a behind-the-scenes role, including as LDP acting Diet affairs chief. He is a vocalist in a band formed with fellow lawmakers.

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