Hirotaka Akamatsu

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


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.


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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
Succeeded by
Wataru Kubo
House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Takahide Kimura
Representative for Aichi's 5th district
2009 –
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