Yoshihide Suga

Yoshihide Suga (菅 義偉, Suga Yoshihide, born 6 December 1948) is a Japanese politician currently serving as Chief Cabinet Secretary. He previously served as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications in the cabinet of Shinzō Abe until August 2007.

Yoshihide Suga
菅 義偉
Yoshihide Suga announcing the name of the Reiwa era on 1 April 2019
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Assumed office
25 December 2012
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byOsamu Fujimura
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
In office
26 September 2006  27 August 2007
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byHeizō Takenaka
Succeeded byHiroya Masuda
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
1996
ConstituencyKanagawa 2nd district
Personal details
Born (1948-12-06) 6 December 1948
Yuzawa, Akita, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic
Alma materHosei University
WebsiteOfficial website

He was born in Ogachi (now Yuzawa), Akita Prefecture and obtained an LL.B. from Hosei University in Tokyo. He served as a secretary to Diet member Hikosaburō Okonogi for eleven years, then as secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1984 and later as a member of the Yokohama city council.

Suga was elected to the Diet of Japan in 1996. Originally a member of the Obuchi faction, he left the faction after refusing to support Obuchi in the 1998 party elections. He also refused to participate in the no confidence motion against Yoshirō Mori in 2000 and better relations with China and Korea as leader.

Affiliated to the openly negationist organisation Nippon Kaigi,[1] Suga has formed a team to reexamine the "background" of the Kono Statement of 1993.[2]

Suga has been supportive of aggressive measures by the Bank of Japan to counter deflation.[3]

Suga announced the name of the new imperial era, Reiwa, on April 1st, 2019.[4]

References

  1. "Abe’s reshuffle promotes right-wingers" - Korea Joongang Daily - 2014/09/05
  2. "Japan to review lead-up to WW2 comfort women statement". www.bbc.com. The BBC. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. "Government Applauds BOJs Step Into Negative Territory". Japan Times. 13 March 2016.
  4. Osaki, Tomohiro; Murakami, Sakura (2019-04-01). "Reiwa: Japan reveals name of new era ahead of Emperor's abdication". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
House of Representatives of Japan
New title
New constituency
Representative for Kanagawa 2nd district
1996–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Osamu Fujimura
Chief Cabinet Secretary
2012–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Heizō Takenaka
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Hiroya Masuda
New creation Minister of State for Decentralisation Reform
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Hiroya Masuda
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