|Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare|
26 December 2012
|Prime Minister||Shinzō Abe|
|Born||15 December 1964|
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Chiba University|
Norihisa Tamura (田村 憲久 Tamura Norihisa?, born 15 December 1964) is a Japanese politician serving in the Lower House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature) as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Early life and education
Tamura started his career at the family-run construction company Nippon Doken Co. in Tsu, Mie, in 1987. Next, he began to work as a secretary of Hajime Tamura, who is his uncle and former a lower house member, serving as labor minister as well as economy, trade and industry minister.
Tamura was elected to the lower house for the first time in 1996, taking his uncle's seat. He has served sixth times as a lower house member, representing the Mie Prefecture District 4. He became parliamentary secretary for health, labour and welfare in the Mori cabinet and then for education, culture, sports, science and technology in the cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi. He was appointed vice internal affairs minister in the first cabinet of Shinzo Abe in 2006. He headed the committee pf health, labor and welfare in the lower house during the prime ministry of Taro Aso.
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