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Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa was appointed Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI) on October 21, 2014, followed by his reappointment on December 24, 2014.
He also assumed the Ministerial roles of Minister in charge of Industrial Competitiveness, Minister in charge of the Response to the Economic Impact caused by the Nuclear Accident and Minister of State for the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Miyazawa served in a number of senior posts in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), on parliamentary committees and in government as State Minister of the Cabinet Office (in charge of Economic and Fiscal Policy, and Decentralization Reform). Influential policy roles within the LDP included Acting Chairperson of the subcommittee of Research Commission on the Tax System and Acting Chairperson of Policy Research Council.
Since 2010, Mr. Miyazawa has been a member of the House of Councilors representing Hiroshima Prefecture in the upper house of the National Diet of Japan. He first won election to public office in 2000 to the House of Representatives, the lower house of the National Diet, representing the constituents of Hiroshima’s 7th district.
Prior to seeking elected office, he worked closely with the late Mr. Kiichi Miyazawa, his uncle and former Prime Minister of Japan, serving as his Executive Secretary during his time as Prime Minister and subsequently as his Chief of Staff.
Mr. Miyazawa started his career in Japan’s Ministry of Finance where he served as a public official for almost two decades.
A graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law, Mr. Miyazawa completed his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Miyazawa was born in Hiroshima Prefecture on April 21, 1950.