Mr. Ishii was appointed to the three senior roles of State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); State Minister of the Cabinet Office; and Director-General, Local Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters on October 6, 2021.
A member of Japan’s House of Councillors representing Okayama Prefecture, Mr. Ishii joins the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry after serving in several key posts in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Mr. Ishii is currently serving in his second term in the House of Councillors. Prior to representing Okayama Prefecture in the House of Councillors, Mr.Ishii served as Governor of Okayama Prefecture for four consecutive terms.
Before seeking elected office, Mr. Ishii served as a civil servant at the Ministry of Construction (now the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).
A graduate of Tokyo University’s Faculty of Law, Mr. Ishii was born on Nov. 29, 1945 in Okayama Prefecture.