|Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry|
26 December 2012
|Prime Minister||Shinzo Abe|
|Preceded by||Yukio Edano|
|Born||7 October 1955|
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo
Toshimitsu Motegi (茂木 敏充 Motegi Toshimitsu?, born 7 October 1955) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Tsushima Facation, and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature), representing Tochigi Prefecture's fifth electoral district.
Early life and education
A native of Ashikaga, Tochigi, Motegi was born on 7 October 1955. He attended the University of Tokyo and received a post-graduate Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Motegi worked for trading company Marubeni Corporation, as a political reporter for Yomiuri Shimbun and at the consultancy McKinsey & Co. He was also a visiting professor at Waseda University's graduate school of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies from 2005 to 2010.
Described as an experienced and knowledgeable international businessman, Motegi served in various cabinet positions including vice foreign minister and state minister in charge of Okinawa and the Northern Territories, as well as science and technology policy. On 1 August 2008, Yasuo Fukuda appointed him as state minister in charge of financial services and administrative reforms. On 26 December 2012, Motegi was named as Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry.
His hobbies include sports, travel, and reading.
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