Masatoshi Wakabayashi

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Masatoshi Wakabayashi (若林 正俊 Wakabayashi Masatoshi?, born July 4, 1934) is a Japanese politician who is a member of Liberal Democratic Party.

Wakabayashi became the third Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries appointed in Shinzō Abe's first cabinet after Toshikatsu Matsuoka killed himself as a result of financial scandal and Matsuoka's successor Norihiko Akagi resigned due to other financial scandals. He was appointed to the same position again in Abe's first reshuffled cabinet after Takehiko Endo's resignation.

After Abe's resignation, he worked under Yasuo Fukuda, who appointed Seiichi Ota his successor.

Resignation[edit]

In March 2010 resigned from the Diet after being accused of pressing the voting button for fellow lawmaker Mikio Aoki, whose Diet seat was next to him, while Aoki was absent from a house plenary vote.[1][2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Takehiko Endo
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Seiichi Ota
Preceded by
Norihiko Akagi
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
2007
Succeeded by
Takehiko Endo
Preceded by
Yuriko Koike
Minister of the Environment of Japan
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Ichirō Kamoshita