Hiroya Masuda

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Hiroya Masuda

Hiroya Masuda (増田 寛也 Masuda Hiroya?, born December 20, 1951) is a Japanese politician who was Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications from August 2007 to September 2008. Unlike many other members of the Cabinet, he is not a member of the Diet of Japan (parliament). A native of Tokyo, he graduated from the University of Tokyo and served as governor of Iwate Prefecture from 1995 to 2007. While serving as Iwate's governor, Masuda developed a reputation as a reformist by cutting spending through personnel cuts and took the initiative in introducing an industrial waste tax system. Masuda was reappointed as Minister of Internal Affairs when Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda reshuffled the cabinet on August 1, 2008.[1] In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, appointed on September 24, 2008, Masuda was replaced by Kunio Hatoyama.[2]

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  1. ^ Japan Times, "Fukuda's new lineup", August 3, 2008, Pg. 3.
  2. ^ "Aso elected premier / Announces Cabinet lineup himself; poll likely on Nov. 2", The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Yoshihide Suga
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kunio Hatoyama
Preceded by
Yoshihide Suga
Minister of State for Decentralisation Reform, Regional Revitalization, Regional Government of Japan
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kunio Hatoyama
as Minister of State for Decentralisation Reform
Office abolished
State for Regional Revitalization, Regional Government
Preceded by
Iwao Kudō
Governor of Iwate
1995 – 2007
Succeeded by
Takuya Tasso