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PROFILE: New Defense Minister Hamada back in post after 13-yr hiatus

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 2:24 p.m.
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TOKYO — New Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, a 10th-term House of Representatives member who is versed in security policies, returned to the post that he held for about a year until September 2009.


Hamada, 66, was first elected to the lower house from a constituency in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, in 1993. Before that, he served as a secretary to his father, the late former lower house lawmaker Koichi Hamada, known as “Hamako” as he often caused a commotion through his words and actions.


Hamada is a vocalist in a band named “Gi!nz” which he created with three fellow lawmakers, including Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi. The band plays at charity concerts and other events.

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