Akira Amari

Summary

Akira Amari (甘利 明, Amari Akira, born 27 August 1949) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and a member of the lower house representing the Minami Kanto Bloc.

Akira Amari
甘利 明
Akira Amari World Economic Forum 2013.jpg
Amari in 2013
Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party
In office
1 October 2021 – 4 November 2021
PresidentFumio Kishida
Vice PresidentTarō Asō
Preceded byToshihiro Nikai
Succeeded byToshimitsu Motegi
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization
In office
26 December 2012 – 28 January 2016
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded bySeiji Maehara
Succeeded byNobuteru Ishihara
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
In office
26 September 2006 – 2 August 2008
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Yasuo Fukuda
Preceded byToshihiro Nikai
Succeeded byToshihiro Nikai
Personal details
Born (1949-08-27) 27 August 1949 (age 72)
Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Alma materKeio University

Personal lifeEdit

Amari is a native of Atsugi, Kanagawa, where he attended Kanagawa Prefectural Atsugi High School. He graduated from Keio University in 1972 with a degree in political science.[1] After spending two years working at Sony, he left to work as a secretary for his father, Tadashi Amari, who at the time represented Kanagawa's 3rd district in the House of Representatives. He is a follower of Tenrikyo, joining the likes of fellow LDP representatives Hakuo Yanagisawa, Fumio Kyuma, Sanae Takaichi, Bunmei Ibuki, and Jinen Nagase.[2]

CareerEdit

He is a member of the Japan–Korea Parliamentarians' Union and the Japan-China Friendship Parliamentarians' Union.

 
With members of the Yasuo Fukuda Cabinet (September 26, 2007)

He was the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry from 2006 to 2008. He also served as Minister of State in charge of Administrative Reform in the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Tarō Asō.

In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, appointed on 24 September 2008, Amari was appointed as Minister of State in charge of Administrative Reform.[3]

On December 26, 2012, Amari was appointed to the newly created cabinet-level position of Minister of State for Economic Revitalization in the second Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Amari's responsibilities within the Abe government also include tax and social security reform.[4] Like Abe and most members of the Cabinet, he is affiliated to the openly revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi.[5]

In 2016, Amari resigned from his Cabinet post amidst allegations of bribery, and was succeeded by Nobuteru Ishihara.[6]

In late September 2021, newly-elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appointed Amari to succeed Toshihiro Nikai as the Secretary General of the LDP.[7] In an upset, Amari lost his seat representing Kanagawa's 13th district to Constitutional Democratic Party opponent Hideshi Futori during the 2021 Japanese general elections, but retained his seat in the lower house as representative of the Southern Kanto proportional representation block.[8] Nevertheless, Amari resigned from his position as the party's Secretary General, and Kishida appointed Toshimitsu Motegi to be his replacement.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "甘利明 Official Web | Akira Amari". amari-akira.com. Retrieved 2021-12-12.
  2. ^ "6閣僚に「9条守れ」天理教平和の会、信者に要請". 9 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Abe’s reshuffle promotes right-wingers" - Korea Joongang Daily - 2014/09/05
  6. ^ "Japanese economy minister Akira Amari quits over bribery claims"
  7. ^ "Kishida taps ex-economy minister Akira Amari as LDP's No. 2". The Japan Times. 2021-09-30. Retrieved 2021-12-11.
  8. ^ 日本放送協会. "衆議院選挙2021 神奈川(横浜・川崎など)開票速報・選挙結果 小選挙区 NHK". www.nhk.or.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-12-11.
  9. ^ Takenaka, Kiyoshi (2021-11-02). "Japan's foreign minister Motegi to take key ruling party post". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-12-11.

External linksEdit

  • Official website (in Japanese)
Political offices
Preceded by Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party
2021–
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
2012–2016
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Labour
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Takamori Makino