Akira Matsu

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Akira Matsu (松 あきら, Matsu Akira, born December 3, 1947) is a Japanese politician of the New Komeito Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kanagawa Prefecture and former member of Takarazuka Revue, she was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1995 as a candidate for the New Frontier Party. She lost her re-election in July 2007 but in September 2007 took over the seat in the house that was vacated when Yutaka Kobayashi, a member of the house, resigned.

The New Kōmeitō (公明党?), New Kōmeitō Party, or NKP is a centre-right political party in Japan founded by members of the Nichiren Buddhist organization Sōka Gakkai.

Her husband Tomoo Nishikawa is a lawyer and a former Representative of Japan.

Akira Matsu campaigning in front of Shinjuku Station
Akira Matsu along with other New Komeito

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House of Councillors
Preceded by
Tadashi Kobayashi
Kiyoharu Ishiwata
Councillor for Kanagawa's At-large district
1995–2007
2007–
Served alongside: Kiyoharu Ishiwata, Yutaka Kobayashi, Tsuyoshi Saito, Yoriko Kawaguchi, Masashi Mito, Hiroe Makiyama
Incumbent