- About METI
- Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Mr. Motoo Hayashi was appointed as Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on October 7, 2015.
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 his current appointment, Mr. Hayashi served in a number of senior posts in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), including Acting Chairman for General Council, which is a decision-making body of Party management and Diet affairs. He also served as Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Hayashi has held several other key cabinet posts, including, during the Fukuda Takeo Administration, where he served as Chairman of National Public Safety Commission and, concurrently, ministerial roles in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs and Disaster Management in 2008. He was reappointed during the Taro Aso Administration in 2009.
Mr. Hayashi first won election to the House of Representatives in 1993, the lower house of the National Diet, representing the constituents of Chiba’s tenth district to which he is currently serving in his eighth term.
Mr. Hayashi began his career as an Executive Secretary to Mr. Taikan Hayashi, his father and chief of the former Environmental Agency of Japan in the early 1990s.
Mr. Hayashi graduated from Nihon University College of Art in 1970.
Mr. Hayashi was born in Chiba Prefecture on January 3, 1947.