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Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ms. Yuko Obuchi was appointed Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on September 3, 2014.
Ms. Obuchi was most recently Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Previously, she served in key government posts including Senior Vice Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Gender Equality and Social Affairs.
Ms. Obuchi has represented Gunma 5th District as a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet since 2000, winning reelection four times. She first entered the Diet after running for and winning the seat previously held by her father, former Prime Minister Mr. Keizo Obuchi. She stepped in to take the place of her father following his sudden death while still in office. Previously, she had worked as her father’s secretary during his time as Prime Minister.
Prior to elected office, Ms. Obuchi worked at TV broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (TBS).
A graduate of Seijo University’s Faculty of Economics, Ms. Obuchi also completed a Master’s Degree in Public Management at Waseda University.
Ms. Obuchi was born on December 11, 1973 in Tokyo. She is the mother of two young sons aged six and four. She enjoys cooking and visits to the theater.