A native of Hyōgo Prefecture and graduate of Waseda University, he joined the Ministry of Justice in 1970, passing the bar exam in the same year. In 1975, he entered a law school at University of Washington and after graduation worked at a law firm in Los Angeles for three years. Returning to Japan in 1980, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 2007.
- 政治家情報 〜丸山 和也〜. ザ･選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2007-11-20. External link in
- Official website in Japanese.
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