Japan

New Trade and Justice Ministers appointed


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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has appointed two new Cabinet Ministers after the resignations of his Trade and Justice Ministers on Monday.

Yoichi Miyazawa has been appointed to be the new Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, replacing Yuko Obuchi.

Yōko Kamikawa is the new Minister of Justice, replacing Midori Matsushima.

Yoichi Miyazawa (64) is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in the United States. He joined the Finance Ministry in 1974 and in 1993 was elected to the House of Representatives as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Yōko Kamikawa (61) graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo in 1977 and also has a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and is also a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In 2007 she became Minister of State for Gender Equality and Social Affairs which she held until the LDP were defeated in the 2009 general election.

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