Yasuhisa Shiozaki

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Yasuhisa Shiozaki

Yasuhisa Shiozaki (塩崎 恭久 Shiozaki Yasuhisa?, b. November 7, 1950) is a Japanese politician who served as Chief Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe until August 2007.

Career[edit]

Born in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, he was an AFS exchange student in high school, graduated with a liberal arts degree from the University of Tokyo and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He spent three years working at the Economic Planning Agency (of which his father, Jun Shiozaki, was then director) and at the Bank of Japan. He then worked as a secretary to his father.

Following his father's resignation, he ran for the Diet in 1993 and was elected to represent the first district of Ehime. He served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 2005 cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi and was appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary on September 26, 2006,[1] and held the position until a cabinet shuffle at the end of August 2007.[2]

His appointment as Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare in the second Abe administration was announced on September 3, 2014.[3]

Shiozaki's profile on the LDP website:[4]

  • Bank of Japan
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance (Hashimoto Cabinet)
  • Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (Koizumi Cabinet)
  • Chief Cabinet Secretary (Abe Cabinet)
  • Minister of State for Abduction issue (AbeCabinet)
  • Acting Chairman, Policy Research Council

Right-wing positions[edit]

Like most member of Shinzo Abe's Cabinet, Shiozaki is affiliated to the openly revisionist organization Nippon Kaigi.[5] He also is a member of the following right-wing group at the Diet:

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

Shiozaki gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parlementarians in 2012:[6]

  • no answer regarding the revision of the Constitution
  • in favor of the right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
  • no answer regarding 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
  • no answer regarding the participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • no answer regarding a nuclear-armed Japan
  • no answer regarding the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage

On October 17, 2014, Shiozaki sent an offering ('masakaki') to the controversial Yasukuni shrine.[7]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Shinzō Abe
Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan
2006-2007
Succeeded by
Kaoru Yosano