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Aso Cabinet (Formed September 24, 2008)

MINISTER OF HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE

Yoichi Masuzoe

MINISTER OF HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE Yoichi Masuzoe

Date of birth: Nov. 29, 1948

LDP faction: Nonaffiliated

Electoral district: Upper House; proportional representation (second term)

Reappointed as health, labor and welfare minister, Masuzoe will be tested to the full in handling the scandal of missing pension premium payment records and the unpopular health care system for people aged 75 or older.

Masuzoe made a name for himself with his tough approach to corrupt bureaucrats in the pension scandal, which gained a lot of media coverage and public support.

He is an advocate of amending the Constitution and is a member of the LDP's panel to draw up a new Constitution.

A former assistant professor at the University of Tokyo and frequent TV guest as a commentator on international politics, Masuzoe gained his first seat in the Diet in 2001, winning the most ballots — 1.58 million — in the national proportional representation section for the Upper House.


 

Subsequent changes

PRIME MINISTER Taro Aso

PRIME MINISTER

Taro Aso

JUSTICE MINISTER Eisuke Mori

JUSTICE MINISTER

Eisuke Mori

FOREIGN MINISTER Hirofumi Nakasone

FOREIGN MINISTER

Hirofumi Nakasone

MINISTER OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Ryu Shionoya

MINISTER OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Ryu Shionoya

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES Shigeru Ishiba

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

Shigeru Ishiba

MINISTER OF ECONOMY, TRADE AND INDUSTRY Toshihiro Nikai

MINISTER OF ECONOMY, TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Toshihiro Nikai

MINISTER OF LAND, INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND TOURISM Kazuyoshi Kaneko

MINISTER OF LAND, INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND TOURISM

Kazuyoshi Kaneko

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Tetsuo Saito

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

Tetsuo Saito

DEFENSE MINISTER Yasukazu Hamada

DEFENSE MINISTER

Yasukazu Hamada

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY Takeo Kawamura

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY

Takeo Kawamura

MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS Tsutomu Sato

MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS

Tsutomu Sato

FINANCE MINISTER AND STATE MINISTER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES Kaoru Yosano

FINANCE MINISTER AND STATE MINISTER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES

Kaoru Yosano

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS Akira Amari

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS

Akira Amari

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS Seiko Noda

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Seiko Noda

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF POPULATION AND GENDER EQUALITY Yuko Obuchi

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF POPULATION AND GENDER EQUALITY

Yuko Obuchi

NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN, STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF OKINAWA AND AFFAIRS RELATED TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORIES Motoo Hayashi

NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN, STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF OKINAWA AND AFFAIRS RELATED TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORIES

Motoo Hayashi

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF ECONOMIC AND FISCAL POLICY Yoshimasa Hayashi

STATE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF ECONOMIC AND FISCAL POLICY

Yoshimasa Hayashi

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