Motoo Hayashi

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Motoo Hayashi
林 幹雄
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
In office
7 October 2015 – 3 August 2016
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Yoichi Miyazawa
Succeeded by Hiroshige Sekō
Personal details
Born (1947-01-03) 3 January 1947 (age 70)
Katori District, Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Nihon University

Motoo Hayashi (林 幹雄, Hayashi Motoo, born January 3, 1947) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He has been a member of the House of Representatives in the national Diet since 1993 and currently represents the Chiba 10th district; he has previously represented the Southern Kanto proportional representation block and the pre-1996 Chiba 2nd district.


A native of Katori District, Chiba, Hayashi graduated the Nihon University's College of Arts in 1970. Hayashi began his political career as a secretary to his late father, Taikan Hayashi, who served as chief of the former Environment Agency in the early 1990s.

Motoo Hayashi was elected to the assembly of Chiba Prefecture for the first time in 1983 and served for three times. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1993. An expert on issues related to Narita International Airport, he was appointed Senior Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Koizumi Cabinet) in 2003. He has pledged to improve Japan's transport network.[1]

On August 1, 2008 Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda appointed him to the cabinet position of National Public Chairman, State Minister in Charge of Okinawa and Affairs Related to the Northern Territories.[1]

Hayashi is currently serving in the Lower House representing Chiba's Tenth District and is a member of Shinzō Abe's cabinet with many responsibilities: Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Minister in charge of Industrial Competitiveness, Minister in charge of the Response to the Economic Impact caused by the Nuclear Accident, Minister of State for the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation.

Hayashi also served as Chairman of the Committee on Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Diet, Minister of State, Chairman of National Public Safety Commission (Aso Cabinet), and Acting Chairman, Election Strategy Committee.[2]


Hayashi is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[3] and a member of the following right-wing Diet groups:

  • Nippon Kaigi Diet discussion group (日本会議国会議員懇談会 - Nippon kaigi kokkai giin kondankai)
  • Conference of parlementarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (神道政治連盟国会議員懇談会 - Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League

Hayashi gave the following answers to the questionnaires submitted by Mainichi to parlementarians:

  • in 2012:[4]
    • in favor of the revision of the Constitution
    • in favor of the right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
    • in favor of the reform of the National assembly (unicameral instead of bicameral)
    • in favor of reactivating nuclear power plants
    • against the goal of zero nuclear power by 2030s
    • in favor of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Okinawa)
    • in favor of evaluating the purchase of Senkaku Islands by the Government
    • in favor of an effort to avoid conflict with China
    • against the participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    • against a nuclear-armed Japan
    • against the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage
  • in 2014:[5]


  1. ^ a b Japan Times, "Fukuda's new lineup", August 3, 2008.
  2. ^ Hayashi Motoo profile on LDP website: (retrieved Dec 17, 2014)
  3. ^ Nippon Kaigi website
  4. ^ Mainichi 2012:
  5. ^ Mainichi 2014:


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