Yukio Edano

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Yukio Edano
枝野 幸男
Yukio Edano Sakado 20100910.JPG
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
In office
September 12, 2011 – December 26, 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Preceded by Yoshio Hachiro
Succeeded by Toshimitsu Motegi
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
January 4, 2011 – September 2, 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Preceded by Yoshito Sengoku
Succeeded by Osamu Fujimura
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
In office
January 14, 2011 – September 2, 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Preceded by Sumio Mabuchi
Succeeded by Tatsuo Kawabata
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Acting
In office
March 7, 2011 – March 9, 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Preceded by Seiji Maehara
Succeeded by Takeaki Matsumoto
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
In office
February 10, 2010 – June 8, 2010
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
Preceded by Yoshito Sengoku
Succeeded by Renhō
Personal details
Born (1964-05-31) May 31, 1964 (age 50)
Utsunomiya, Japan
Political party Democratic Party (1998–present)
Other political
affiliations
New Party (1992–1994)
New Frontier Party (1994–1998)
Alma mater Tohoku University
Website Official website

Yukio Edano (枝野 幸男 Edano Yukio?, born May 31, 1964) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet. He was the Chief Cabinet Secretary in the Kan government. From 2011 to 2012, he served as Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Utsunomiya, Tochigi on May 31, 1964, Edano is a graduate of Tohoku University. He was elected for the first time in 1993 as a member of Morihiro Hosokawa's Japan New Party.

Politics[edit]

He participated in the formation of the DPJ in 1996. He was appointed as the secretary general of the party in March 2010 when it was the country's ruling party. Katsuya Okada, the former Foreign Minister, subsequently replaced him in September 2010.

In January 2011, he became Chief Cabinet Secretary.[2] In March 2011, he was temporarily appointed as head of the Foreign Ministry.[3]

Chief Cabinet Secretary[edit]

with James Steinberg (January 27, 2011)

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, he was the face of the government efforts to combat the aftermath, frequently appearing on television to talk about the problems at the two reactor facilities in Fukushima. Because of the frequency of his appearances, Twitter users concerned with his health were prompted to post messages asking him to get some sleep. The Twitter hashtag "#edano_nero" became popular, from the imperative word for sleep! (寝ろ nero?) in Japanese.[4] On June 18, 2012, he approved the introduction of feed-in-tariffs, a system that has proven very beneficial in Germany, whereby a percentage of energy use fees are used to subsidize (a shift to) renewable energy.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters, "Japan picks Edano as trade min after predecessor gaffe", September 11, 2011
  2. ^ "Kan revamps cabinet to boost his popularity". Japan Today. Kyodo News. January 14, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Edano named as temporary minister: Kan". The Japan Times. March 8, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tireless Edano Earns Twitter Respect". The Wall Street Journal. March 14, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gerhardt, Tina (22 July 2012). "Japan's People Say NO to Nuclear Energy". Alternet. 
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Hiroshi Sawada
Nobuhiko Fukunaga
Kazuhito Wada
Representative for Saitama 5th district (multi-member)
1993–1996
Served alongside: Kiyoshi Ueda, Kaneshige Wakamatsu, Nobuhiko Fukunaga
Constituency abolished
New constituency Representative for the Kita-Kantō PR block
1996–2000
Preceded by
Nobuhiko Fukunaga
Representative for Saitama 5th district
2000–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Banri Kaieda
Chairperson of the Policy Affairs Research Council of the Democratic Party
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Yoshito Sengoku
Preceded by
Ichirō Ozawa
Secretary General of the Democratic Party
2010
Succeeded by
Katsuya Okada
Political offices
Preceded by
Yoshito Sengoku
Minister of State for Government Revitalisation
2010
Succeeded by
Renhō Murata
Chief Cabinet Secretary
2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Sumio Mabuchi
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
2011–present
Preceded by
Seiji Maehara
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Acting

2011
Succeeded by
Takeaki Matsumoto