Kōichi Hagiuda (萩生田光一 Hagiuda Kōichi, born August 31, 1963) is a Japanese politician, currently representing the 24th district (Hachiōji) of Tokyo in the House of Representatives of Japan as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He is currently a Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
While still a university student, Hagiuda began working as an aide to Ryuichi Kurosu, who was formerly a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and mayor of Hachiōji. In 1991, at the age of 27, Hagiuda won a seat in the Hachiōji City Assembly, becoming the youngest candidate ever to do so. He then ran successfully for a seat in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly in 2002, serving part of one term. In 2004, he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives of Japan, which he won. Hagiuda then won re-election in the 2005 general election by a large margin. He lost his seat in the 2009 general election, then won in the 2012 general election and the 2014 general election.
Affiliated to the nationalist lobby Nippon Kaigi, Hagiuda is known as a conservative within the LDP, and is closely allied with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. Hagiuda served Abe from 2013 to 2015 as the Special Advisor to the President of the LDP , and in October 2015 became a Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary in the third Abe Cabinet. He belongs to the Sonoda Faction (Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyukai) of the LDP.
Hagiuda is married, and has one daughter and one son. His hobbies include sports such as baseball, rugby, and golf. He also enjoys watching movies, holding a movie-viewing event annually in conjunction with his personal support group, or koenkai. His personal website also lists "trying new restaurants" as a hobby, calling him a "self-proclaimed gourmet", and also mentions his frequent enjoyment of after-meal ramen.
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- (in Japanese) Official website