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Abe Cabinet (Formed December 26, 2012)

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY

Yoshihide Suga

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY Yoshihide Suga

Date of birth: Dec. 6, 1948

Party: LDP

Electoral district: Lower House; Kanagawa No. 2 (sixth term)

As one of Shinzo Abe's most trusted allies, Suga was a key supporter during his 2006 run for the LDP presidency, which vaulted him into the prime minister's chair.

Suga served as internal affairs minister from 2006 to 2007 in Abe's first Cabinet, after entering the Diet in 1996.

Born in Akita Prefecture, Suga was a factory worker in Tokyo before attending Hosei University. He later became secretary to then-Lower House lawmaker Hikozaburo Okonogi, serving him for 11 years.

Under the wing of LDP heavyweights Taro Aso and Abe, Suga filled a number of key party positions despite his relative inexperience as a lawmaker, which reportedly triggered jealousy among some LDP members.

Abe has held many meetings with Suga since the Dec. 16 election to discuss the Cabinet lineup, among other matters.


 

PRIME MINISTER Shinzo Abe

PRIME MINISTER

Shinzo Abe

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER; FINANCE MINISTER Taro Aso

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER; FINANCE MINISTER

Taro Aso

INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER Yoshitaka Shindo

INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER

Yoshitaka Shindo

JUSTICE MINISTER Sadakazu Tanigaki

JUSTICE MINISTER

Sadakazu Tanigaki

FOREIGN MINISTER Fumio Kishida

FOREIGN MINISTER

Fumio Kishida

EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MINISTER Hakubun Shimomura

EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MINISTER

Hakubun Shimomura

HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE MINISTER Norihisa Tamura

HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE MINISTER

Norihisa Tamura

AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES MINISTER Yoshimasa Hayashi

AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES MINISTER

Yoshimasa Hayashi

ECONOMY, TRADE AND INDUSTRY MINISTER Toshimitsu Motegi

ECONOMY, TRADE AND INDUSTRY MINISTER

Toshimitsu Motegi

LAND, INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND TOURISM MINISTER Akihiro Ota

LAND, INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND TOURISM MINISTER

Akihiro Ota

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER; STATE MINISTER, NUCLEAR ACCIDENT PREVENTION Nobuteru Ishihara

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER; STATE MINISTER, NUCLEAR ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Nobuteru Ishihara

DEFENSE MINISTER Itsunori Onodera

DEFENSE MINISTER

Itsunori Onodera

POSTDISASTER RECONSTRUCTION MINISTER Takumi Nemoto

POSTDISASTER RECONSTRUCTION MINISTER

Takumi Nemoto

NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Keiji Furuya

NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN

Keiji Furuya

STATE MINISTER, OKINAWA AND AFFAIRS RELATED TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORIES Ichita Yamamoto

STATE MINISTER, OKINAWA AND AFFAIRS RELATED TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORIES

Ichita Yamamoto

STATE MINISTER, DECLINING BIRTHRATE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS Masako Mori

STATE MINISTER, DECLINING BIRTHRATE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Masako Mori

STATE MINISTER, ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION Akira Amari

STATE MINISTER, ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION

Akira Amari

STATE MINISTER, ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS Tomomi Inada

STATE MINISTER, ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS

Tomomi Inada

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