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Akiba becomes second-longest serving foreign affairs vice-minister

  • February 2, 2021
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Akiba

Foreign Affairs Administrative Vice-Minister Takeo Akiba (62), who took office in January 2018, has been in office 1,109 days, or about three years and two weeks, as of Feb. 1, making him the second-longest serving foreign affairs vice-minister in the postwar period. Although former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted “Kantei-led diplomacy,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has gained influence in the Suga administration, and Akiba has become a key person supporting Suga diplomacy.

 

According to the ministry, the longest serving vice minister in the postwar period is Nobuhiko Ushiba, who served for 1,183 days from April 1967 to July 1970 during the Eisaku Sato administration. To date, the second-longest serving vice-minister has been Shotaro Yachi, who served for 1,108 days from January 2005 to January 2008.

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