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Profile: Retained land minister Akaba is veteran Komeito lawmaker

  • September 16, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 4:30 p.m.
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TOKYO – Kazuyoshi Akaba, retained as land, infrastructure, transport and tourism minister, is a senior lawmaker from the Komeito party, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

 

An eight-term House of Representatives member, the 62-year-old former employee of trading company Mitsui and Co. posted in Beijing, dealt with the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis as a senior vice minister of economy, trade and industry. Akaba also served as a senior vice finance minister earlier.

 

After being first elected as a House of Representatives member in 1993, his constituency in Kobe suffered the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and he has since worked to introduce quake-proof school buildings.

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