Member of the House of Representatives; Minister for National Policy of Japan (2011-2012)
House of Representatives of Japan
1988, BA in Law, University of Tokyo; 1993, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York; 1986, admitted to Japanese Bar. 1988-94, with Ministry of Finance; 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, elected to House of Representatives from Aichi Prefecture as Founding Member, Democratic Party of Japan; elected for five consecutive terms for 16 years; 2009, Senior Vice-Minister, Cabinet Office and Secretary-General, National Policy Unit; 2010, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary. Minister for National Policy, Economic and Fiscal Policy, Science and Technology Policy. Founding Member, Table for Two International, a non-profit organization fighting global hunger and obesity.