Hirotaka Akamatsu

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Hirotaka Akamatsu
赤松 広隆
Hirotaka Akamatsu.jpg
Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
Assumed office
1 November 2017
SpeakerTadamori Oshima
Preceded byTatsuo Kawabata
In office
26 December 2012 – 21 November 2014
SpeakerBunmei Ibuki
Preceded bySeishirō Etō
Succeeded byTatsuo Kawabata
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
In office
16 September 2009 – 8 June 2010
Prime MinisterYukio Hatoyama
Preceded byShigeru Ishiba
Succeeded byMasahiko Yamada
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
18 February 1990
ConstituencyAichi-5th (1996–2005, 2009–2012, 2014–present)
Tōkai PR (2005–2009, 2012–2014)
Aichi-6th (1990–1996)
Personal details
Born (1948-05-03) 3 May 1948 (age 70)
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Political partyConstitutional Democratic
Other political
affiliations
DP (2016–2017, split)
DPJ (1996–2016, merger)
SDP (Jan–Sep 1996)
JSP (1966–1996, name change)
Alma materWaseda University
Websitego-akamatsu.com
Twitter@rikken_akamatsu

Hirotaka Akamatsu (赤松 広隆, Akamatsu Hirotaka, born May 3, 1948) is a Japanese politician of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

Life and career[edit]

with James Zumwalt (right)

A native of Nagoya and graduate of Waseda University, he was elected to the first of his three terms in the assembly of Aichi Prefecture and then to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990 as a member of the Japan Socialist Party.

He was appointed Minister of Agriculture in 2009. In April 2010, he skipped the traditional visit by legislators to Ise Jingu, opting instead to take a holiday in Mexico with his wife. While he was on vacation, Japan suffered a large outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. His response to the outbreak was widely criticized and the Ministry of Agriculture apologized on his behalf on May 31.[1] The Hatoyama government collapsed in June and Akamatsu was not reappointed.

Akamatsu is the current Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was also previously Vice Speaker between 2012 and 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2012-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Shigeru Ishiba
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Masahiko Yamada
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tatsuo Kawabata
Chairman of the DPJ Diet Affairs Committee
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Hiroshi Kumagai
New political party Chairman of the DPJ Diet Affairs Committee
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Junsuke Iwata
Preceded by
Sadao Yamahana
Secretary-General of the Japan Socialist Party
1993
Succeeded by
Wataru Kubo
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Kenji Kanda
Representative for Aichi's 5th district
2014–
Incumbent
Preceded by
-
Representative for the Tōkai proportional representation block
2012–2014
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Takahide Kimura
Representative for Aichi's 5th district
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Kenji Kanda
Preceded by
-
Representative for the Tōkai proportional representation block
2005–2009
Succeeded by
-
New district Representative for Aichi's 5th district
1996–2005
Succeeded by
Takahide Kimura
Preceded by
Saburō Tsukamoto
Takeshi Kataoka
Kōshirō Ishida
Iwao Andō
Representative for Aichi's 6th district (multi-member)
1990–1996
Served alongside: Kōshirō Ishida, Tadao Ōtani, Takeshi Kataoka, Saburō Tsukamoto
District eliminated