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State Minister of the Environment

photo:SATO Yukari

SATO Yukari

State Minister of the Environment, Japan

Date of Birth:
August 19, 1961
Place of Birth:
Tokyo, Japan

Education

May.
1986
Graduated from Department of Political Science (B.A.), Columbia University
Aug.
1987
Certificate in Asian Economic Development, Graduate Institute of Development Studies, University of Geneva
May.
1988
Master of International Affairs (M.I.A), in Development Economics, Columbia University
May.
1998
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) in Financial Economics, Graduate school of Arts and Science, New York University

Career

Mar.
1988
New York Bureau, TV Asahi America, Inc. (Department of foreign news)

May.
1993
Researcher for The Center for Japan - U.S. Business and Economic Studies, Stern School of Business, New York University
Jun.
1998
Economist, Department of Economic and Market Research, Nikko Salomon Smith Barney Ltd. (Currently Citigroup, Inc.).
Apr.
2002
Senior Economist, Department of Economic Research, JPMorgan Securities Co., Ltd.
Dec.
2003
Member of the Study Group for Tax Policy Issue (Research Division, Budget Bureau, Ministry of Finance)
Sep.
2004
Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research, Credit Suisse First Boston. (Currently Credit Suisse)
Feb.
2005
Advisor of Financial Reforms Research Group, Policy Research Council, LDP
Apr.
2005
Interim Member of Basic Policy Committee, Industrial Structure Council, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Sep.
2005
Elected for the first time as a member of the House of Representatives (HR) (44th General Election)
July.
2010
Elected to the House of Councilors (HC) (22nd Regular Election)

Sep.
2010
Deputy Chairperson, LDP Policy Board in the HC

Aug.
2012
Visiting Professor, Graduate School of International Accounting, Chuo University (in charge of Macroeconomics, Microeconomics)
Dec.
2012
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (The Second Abe Cabinet)
Sep.
2013
Director, Cabinet Division, Policy Research Council, LDP

Sep.
2014
Chairperson, Special Committee on Consumer Affairs, HC
Chairperson, Committee of Trade Policy and Dispute Settlement, Headquarters for Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership, Policy Research Council, LDP
Dec.
2014
Elected to the HR (47th General Election)

Oct.
2015
Deputy Chairperson, Headquarters for Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership, LDP
Oct.
2016
Deputy Chairperson, Research Commission on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise and Small Business, Policy Research Council, LDP
Deputy Chairperson, Research Commission on Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, Policy Research Council, LDP
Sep.
2017
Deputy Chairperson, Research Commission on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise and Small Business, Policy Research Council, LDP
Deputy Chairperson, Research Commission on Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, Policy Research Council, LDP
Deputy Chairperson, Research Commission for the Establishment of a Tourism Oriented Nation, Policy Research Council, LDP
Oct.
2017
Elected to the HR (48th General Election)

Oct.
2018
State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
State Minister of Cabinet Office
(The Reshuffled Fourth Abe Cabinet)
photo:ISHIHARA Hirotaka

ISHIHARA Hirotaka

State Minister of the Environment, Japan

Date of Birth :
June 19, 1964
Place of Birth :
Kanagawa, Japan

Education

1988
Bachelor's Degrees in Economics,
Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Career

1988
Joined the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), Mizuho Financial Group
2005
Elected to the House of Representatives (44th Election)
Member, Committee on Financial Affairs, the House of Representatives (HOR)
Member, Special Committee on Prevention of International Terrorism and Japan's Cooperation and Support; Humanitarian Assistance for Reconstruction in Iraq, HOR
Deputy Director-General, International Bureau, LDP
Deputy Director, Youth Division, LDP
Member, Diet Affairs Committee, LDP
2012
Elected to the House of Representatives (46th Election)
Chairman of the Committee on Economy, Trade and Industry, HOR
Chairman of the Special Committee on Political Ethics and Election Law, HOR
Chairperson, Committee on Organizations Involved with Social Education and Religion, LDP
2013
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2014
Elected to the House of Representatives (47th Election)
Deputy Chairperson, Diet Affairs Committee, LDP
Chairman of the Committee on Environment, HOR
Member, Committee on Budget, HOR
Member, Special Committee on Promotion of Science and Technology, and Innovation, HOR
2015
Deputy Chairperson, Diet Affairs Committee, LDP
Member, Committee on Budget, HOR
Member, Committee on Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, HOR
2016:
State Minister of Cabinet Office
2017
Elected to the House of Representatives (48th Election)
Director, Second Cabinet Division, LDP
Deputy Director, Interest Group Policy Division, LDP
Chairman of the Committee on Cabinet, HOR
Member, Special Committee for Regional Revitalization, HOR
2018
Deputy Secretary-General, LDP
Deputy Chairperson, Election Strategy Headquarters, LDP
Chairman of the Committee on Judicial Affairs, HOR
Chairman of the Special Committee on Consumer Affairs, HOR
Member, Special Committee for Regional Revitalization, HOR

Family

Wife and daughter

Hobby

Tennis, Skiing, Reading

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