Toshimitsu Motegi (茂木 敏充 Motegi Toshimitsu, born 7 October 1955) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Tsushima Faction, and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature), representing Tochigi Prefecture's fifth electoral district, and has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs since a Cabinet re-shuffle by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on 11 September 2019.
Motegi during the WEF 2013
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Assumed office |
11 September 2019
|Prime Minister||Shinzō Abe|
|Preceded by||Tarō Kōno|
|Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry|
26 December 2012 – 3 September 2014
|Prime Minister||Shinzo Abe|
|Preceded by||Yukio Edano|
|Succeeded by||Yuko Obuchi|
|Born||7 October 1955|
Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo|
Early life and education
A native of Ashikaga, Tochigi, Motegi was born on 7 October 1955. He attended the University of Tokyo and received a post-graduate Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Motegi worked for trading company Marubeni Corporation, as a political reporter for Yomiuri Shimbun and at the consultancy McKinsey & Co. He was also a visiting professor at Waseda University's graduate school of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies from 2005 to 2010.
He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1993 as a member of the Japan New Party. He joined the LDP in 1995.
Described as an experienced and knowledgeable international businessman, Motegi served in various cabinet positions including vice foreign minister and state minister in charge of Okinawa and the Northern Territories, as well as science and technology policy. On 1 August 2008, Yasuo Fukuda appointed him as state minister in charge of financial services and administrative reforms. On 26 December 2012, Motegi was named as Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry.
In 2018, Motegi was revealed to have possibly breached Japan's electoral laws. He was accused of making illegal donations of incense sticks to his constituents through his personal secretary. Opposition parties have been calling for his resignation.
Motegi condemned the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria. He said in a statement: "Japan is deeply concerned that the latest military operation would make the settlement of Syrian crisis more difficult and cause further deterioration of the humanitarian situation. Japan once again underscores its position that the Syrian crisis cannot be solved by any military means."
- "Abe Cabinet". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Japan Times, "Fukuda's new lineup", 3 August 2008.
- "Abe to tap Toshimitsu Motegi as trade minister". Global Times. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- http://the-japan-news.com 5/11/2014
- Reynolds, Isabel; Nobuhiro, Emi (2 February 2018). "Incense Sticks Come Back to Burn Japan's Economy Minister". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- "Countries unite to oppose Turkey's Syria operation". NBC News. 10 October 2019.
| Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
| Minister of Foreign Affairs