Yoshimasa Hayashi

  • Liberal Democratic Party and The Party for Japanese Kokoro
  • Elected 1995, 2001, 2007 and 2013, Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Current Responsibilities in the House of Councillors (as of June 29,2017)
    Committee on Economy and Industry
 

Born: 
 January 19, 1961, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Education: 
 1984 University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
 1994 Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of
    Government

Career: 
 1984 joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
 1989 joined Sanden Kotsu Co., Ltd. (passenger
    transportation company)
 1990 joined Yamaguchi Gohdoh Gas Co., Ltd.
 1991 staff member, the Banking Committee for a Member
    of the U.S. House of Representatives
    engaged in the drafting process for the Mansfield
    Fellowship Act, while working for Senator William
    Ross, in charge of international affairs
 1994 Policy Secretary to a Member of the House of
    Representatives
 1995 first elected to the House of Councillors
 2012 candidate for the presidency of the Liberal 
    Democratic Party

[Major posts in the House of Councillors]
 2004 Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense
 2009 Chairman, Special Committee on Official 
    Development Assistance and Related Matters
 2016 Chairman, Special Committee on Trans-Pacific
    Partnership Agreement

[Major posts in the Government]
 1999 Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance
 2006 Senior Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office
 2008 Minister of Defense
 2009 Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
 2012 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
 2015 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

(as of January 16,2017)