|Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan|
|Assumed office |
1 November 2017
|Preceded by||Tatsuo Kawabata|
26 December 2012 – 21 November 2014
|Preceded by||Seishirō Etō|
|Succeeded by||Tatsuo Kawabata|
|Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries|
16 September 2009 – 8 June 2010
|Prime Minister||Yukio Hatoyama|
|Preceded by||Shigeru Ishiba|
|Succeeded by||Masahiko Yamada|
|Member of the House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
18 February 1990
|Constituency||Aichi-5th (1996–2005, 2009–2012, 2014–present)|
Tōkai PR (2005–2009, 2012–2014)
|Born||3 May 1948|
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
|Political party||Constitutional Democratic|
|DP (2016–2017, split)|
DPJ (1996–2016, merger)
SDP (Jan–Sep 1996)
JSP (1966–1996, name change)
|Alma mater||Waseda University|
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
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. The Hatoyama government collapsed in June and Akamatsu was not reappointed.
- Official website in Japanese.
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