A native of Makabe District, Ibaraki and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he worked at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from 1983 to 1988. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990.
Akagi took office as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after the suicide of his predecessor, Toshikatsu Matsuoka, in May 2007.  Not even two months after being inaugurated, Akagi found himself indicted in a political funding scandal not entirely different from the one his predecessor had been embroiled in - he was alleged to have registered multi-million yen expenditures on an office which did not exist. Akagi was asked to make receipts official but refused. On July 17, he appeared at a press conference with two adhesive plasters on his face, puzzling reporters but still refusing to make receipts official. 
Akagi resigned as Minister on August 1, 2007 after the upper house election. Minister of the Environment, Masatoshi Wakabayashi, became concurrent Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and stayed until August 27, 2007 when Shinzō Abe announced a new cabinet. Akagi's virtual successor was Takehiko Endo appointed on August 27.
- Profile of Norihiko Akagi, picked as new farm minister Kyodo News June 1, 2007
- Farm Minister Akagi in emerging support group scandal Japan News Review July 7, 2007
- Farm Minister Akagi denies falsification allegations Japan News Review July 7, 2007
- Support group scandal: Farm Minister’s father retracts comments Japan News Review July 9, 2007
- Farm Minister denies having anything to do with father’s sudden reversal on office scandal Japan News Review July 10, 2007
- Farm Minister reiterates innocence, offers explanation for unused office scandal Japan News Review July 10, 2007
- Plastered Farm Minister still refuses to make receipts official Japan News Review July 17, 2007
|Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
June 1, 2007 - August 1, 2007
- Official website in Japanese.
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