Date of birth: June 7, 1943
LDP faction: Machimura
Electoral district: Lower House; Miyazaki No. 1 (sixth term)
Newly appointed transport minister Kazuyoshi Kaneko is known as a financial and economic policy expert.
Kaneko worked as a banker at the now-defunct Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan before gaining a House of Representatives seat in 1986, following in the footsteps of his late father, Ippei Kaneko, a former finance minister.
The 65-year-old Gifu Prefecture native is also well-versed in construction and transport affairs as he was previously a vice minister of construction and head of the Liberal Democratic Party's construction committee.
The new Cabinet portfolio will be his second ministerial post. Kaneko served as state minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reforms from 2003 to 2004 under Junichiro Koizumi.
Kaneko is serving his seventh Lower House term.