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|Governor of Niigata Prefecture|
25 October 2004 – 24 October 2016
|Preceded by||Ikuo Hirayama|
|Succeeded by||Ryuichi Yoneyama|
September 15, 1962 |
Kamo, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party of Japan|
|Alma mater||Kyoto University (B.L. in 1987)|
- September 15, 1962: Born in Kamo in Niigata Prefecture.
- 1981: Graduated from Sanjo High School.
- 1987: Graduated from Kyoto University Law Department.
- 1987: Entered the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
- 1994: Attended the University of British Columbia as a visiting researcher.
- 2003: Appointed Head of the Gifu Prefecture Industrial Labor Bureau.
- 2004: Elected Governor of Niigata Prefecture. 2 days before taking office, the Niigata Chūetsu earthquake occurs, overshadowing his first year in office.
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