Mr. Hiroshige Seko was appointed as Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry on August 3, 2016.
He also assumed the ministerial roles of Minister in Charge of Industrial Competitiveness, Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Minister in Charge of the Response to the Economic Impact Caused by the Nuclear Accident, and Minister of State for Special Missions (Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation).
Prior to assuming his current roles, Mr. Seko served in a number of senior government posts, most notably as the longest-serving Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, a position he held for more than three and a half years. In government, Mr. Seko also served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Previously, Mr. Seko served in several senior positions in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), including Chairman, LDP Policy Board in the House of Councillors, while concurrently serving as Acting Chairman for Policy Research Council and LDP Acting Secretary-General. He also held the posts of Acting Secretary-General of the LDP Headquarters and Acting Secretary-General for the LDP in the House of Councillors.
In 1998, Mr. Seko was first elected to Japan’s House of Councillors as a representative for the Wakayama constituency in a by-election. Since then, he has successfully won reelection three times to the Upper House of Japan’s National Diet.
Before seeking elected office, Mr. Seko worked for more than a decade at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan’s largest telecommunications company, rising to the position of Section Manager in charge of Press Relations.
Mr. Seko graduated from Waseda University’s Department of Political Science, School of Political Science and Economics in 1986. He earned a master’s degree from Boston University’s College of Communications in 1992.
Mr. Seko was born in Osaka Prefecture on November 9, 1962.