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PROFILE: Digital minister Kono known for social media presence

TOKYO — Touted as a potential future prime minister, new digital minister Taro Kono is known for his outspokenness and strong social media presence with over 2.4 million Twitter followers.   Until recently serving as head of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Public Relations Headquarters, the 59-year-old lawmaker is known to be a reform-minded maverick within the conservative party, but has been less….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: Retained Finance Minister Suzuki builds good ties with Kishida

TOKYO — Shunichi Suzuki, retained as finance minister, has built good relations with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as he backed Kishida in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential race in 2021.   Suzuki’s father, the late former Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, once led what is now Kishida’s faction, the fourth biggest in the LDP, while Suzuki himself is a member of the LDP’s third-largest….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: New Reconstruction Minister Akiba strives to rebuild northeast Japan

TOKYO — Kenya Akiba, the new reconstruction minister, has long endeavored to rebuild northeastern Japan having served as senior vice minister of reconstruction following the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami.   A seven-term member of the House of Representatives, the native of Miyagi Prefecture is a graduate of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, a school established by Konosuke Matsushita,….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: Nagaoka gets 1st Cabinet post as education minister

TOKYO – Keiko Nagaoka, who secured her first Cabinet post as education minister, won her first House of Representatives seat in 2005 after the death of her husband and lower house member Yoji Nagaoka.   Nagaoka, 68, has promoted policies in global warming, child-rearing support, welfare and infectious diseases while serving as senior vice minister of health, labor and welfare….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: New public safety chief Tani motivated by Hanshin quake

TOKYO – Koichi Tani, the new chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, set his heart on becoming a lawmaker after experiencing the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 while serving as an official in his home prefecture of Hyogo in western Japan.   Tani, 70, a seven-term member of the House of Representatives, has past stints as senior vice minister….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: Kato, ex-gov’t spokesman, returns to post as health minister

TOKYO – Katsunobu Kato brings with him experience as health minister as he returns to his former post to face the challenges of the novel coronavirus pandemic.   The 66-year-old Tokyo native served as chief Cabinet secretary in the previous administration of Yoshihide Suga after working as minister of health, labor and welfare in the Cabinet of his predecessor Shinzo….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: New declining birthrate minister Ogura is LDP Youth Division head

TOKYO – Masanobu Ogura, tapped as minister in charge of tackling the declining birthrate, is a former Bank of Japan official who currently serves as director of the Youth Division of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.   It is his first Cabinet posting since first being elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. Since entering politics, he has held….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: Agriculture minister Nomura has 35 yrs experience at farm cooperative

TOKYO – Tetsuro Nomura, appointed as minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in his first Cabinet post, is an expert on agricultural policy with around 35 years of experience at a farming cooperative.   After being elected to the House of Councillors in 2004, Nomura has also served as the parliamentary vice minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and the….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: Economy minister and former vet Yamagiwa retains post

TOKYO – Daishiro Yamagiwa has retained his post as economic revitalization minister after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida increased his responsibilities on Aug. 1 to include a ministerial post in charge of startups.   A sixth-term Liberal Democratic Party lower house member, Yamagiwa has previously served as senior vice minister of economy, trade and industry and acting chairman of the LDP Policy Research Council.….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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PROFILE: New METI chief Nishimura known for fight against COVID-19

TOKYO – Yasutoshi Nishimura, the new minister of economy, trade and industry, is known for having played a key role in Japan’s fight against the novel coronavirus as a member of the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.   A former official at what is now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Nishimura has also served as economic revitalization minister.….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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