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Profile: Reconstruction minister Hirasawa gets his 1st Cabinet post

  • September 16, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 4:35 p.m.
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TOKYO – Katsuei Hirasawa, an eight-term House of Representatives member known for his appearances on TV debate programs, became minister for disaster reconstruction, his first Cabinet post.


Hirasawa has worked on national security and foreign affairs, including the issue of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.


The 75-year-old native of Gifu Prefecture in central Japan joined the National Police Agency in 1968 before entering politics. He was former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s childhood tutor while a law student at the University of Tokyo.

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