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Kawasaki was born in Iga, Mie. His father and grandfather were both politicians.
He attended Keio University and graduated with a degree in Commerce. After several years working at Matsushita, Kawasaki won a seat in the House of Representatives, representing Mie Prefecture in 1980.
He served as Minister of Transportation under Keizō Obuchi, and later as Director of the Hokkaido Development Agency. On October 31, 2005, Junichiro Koizumi chose Kawasaki to head the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
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