|Minister of Defence|
26 December 2012 – 3 September 2014
|Prime Minister||Shinzō Abe|
|Preceded by||Satoshi Morimoto|
|Succeeded by||Akinori Eto|
5 May 1960 |
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Matsushita Institute of Government and Management
University of Tokyo
Early life and education
A native of Kesennuma, Miyagi, Onodera was born on May 5, 1960. He received a bachelor's degree from Tokyo University of Fisheries in 1983. He entered Matsushita Institute of Government and Management in 1990. Then he studied politics at the University of Tokyo. He graduated from both and obtained his master's degree in political science in 1993.
Onodera joined the government of Miyagi Prefecture in April 1983. He worked at Tohoku Fukushi University as special lecturer, assistant professor and guest professor from April 1994 to January 1998. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in December 1997 from Miyagi Prefecture No. 6, but resigned in 2000. In October 2002, he became an associate professor at Tohoku Fukushi University. However, he ran for the house in 2003 and was re-elected. He served as parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs for two times from 2004 to 2005. He served at and chaired different committees regarding foreign affairs, and was the head of the LDP's foreign affairs division. He was appointed senior vice-minister for foreign affairs in August 2007.
Shinzō Abe named Itsunori Onodera defense minister on December 26, 2012. Like Abe, the majority of his government, and many predecessors as defense ministers, Onodera is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi.
Onodera is married and has two children.
- "Abe Cabinet". The Japan Times. December 26, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "Profile of Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs". MOFA. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "New defense chief Onodera well-versed in security policy". House of Japan. December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- Eric Talmadge (December 26, 2012). "New Japan PM: Saving economic crisis top mission". Associated Press.
- Nippon Kaigi website
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