Mr. Iwata was appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry on October 6, 2021. A member of Japan’s House of Representatives, Mr. Iwata represents the Saga 1st district as part of the Kyushu proportional bloc. He is currently serving his fourth term in office.
Immediately prior to his appointment to the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), Mr. Iwata served on senior posts in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) including Chairperson, of Committee on Organizations Involved with Commerce, Industry and Medium and Small Sized Enterprises as well as Deputy Director, Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Division. In 2019, he was appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense.
Earlier in his career as a publicly elected official, Mr. Iwata served as a member of the Saga Prefectural assembly.
Prior to seeking national elected office, Mr. Iwata worked as a management consultant at the Ohmae & Associates Group.
A graduate of Kyushu University’s Faculty of Law, Mr. Iwata was born in Saga Prefecture on September 20, 1973.