Shun'ichi Suzuki (politician)

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on July 1, 2013

Shun'ichi Suzuki (鈴木 俊一 Suzuki Shun'ichi?, born April 13, 1953) is a Japanese politician serving in the House of Representatives as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Background and career[edit]

A native of Tokyo Metropolis and graduate of Waseda University,[1] Suzuki and his wife belong to political dynasties: former Prime Ministers Zenkō Suzuki and Tarō Asō are respectively his father and his brother-in-law; his wife Chikako is related to Heikichi Ogawa and Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa.

Suzuki was elected for the first time in 1990. He served as Minister of the Environment from 2002 to 2003 under Jun'ichirō Koizumi.

Positions[edit]

Suzuki is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[2] and is a member of the following right-wing Diet groups:

  • Conference of parlementarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (神道政治連盟国会議員懇談会 - Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League
  • Nippon Kaigi Diet discussion group (日本会議国会議員懇談会 - Nippon kaigi kokkai giin kondankai)

Suzuki gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parlementarians in 2012:[3]

  • in favor of the revision of the Constitution
  • in favor of the right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
  • against the reform of the National assembly (unicameral instead of bicameral)
  • in favor of reactivating nuclear power plants
  • against the goal of zero nuclear power by 2030s
  • in favor of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Okinawa)
  • in favor of evaluating the purchase of Senkaku Islands by the Government
  • in favor of a strong attitude versus China
  • against the participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • against a nuclear-armed Japan
  • against the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage

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