Norihiko Akagi

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Norihiko Akagi
赤城 徳彦
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
In office
June 1, 2007 – August 1, 2007
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Toshikatsu Matsuoka
Succeeded by Masatoshi Wakabayashi
Personal details
Born (1959-04-18) April 18, 1959 (age 57)
Akeno, Ibaraki, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Tokyo

Norihiko Akagi (赤城 徳彦 Akagi Norihiko?, born April 18, 1959) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

A native of Makabe District, Ibaraki and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he worked at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from 1983 to 1988. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990.

Akagi took office as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after the suicide of his predecessor, Toshikatsu Matsuoka, in May 2007. [1] Not even two months after being inaugurated, Akagi found himself indicted in a political funding scandal not entirely different from the one his predecessor had been embroiled in - he was alleged to have registered multi-million yen expenditures on an office which did not exist.[2][3][4][5][6] Akagi was asked to make receipts official but refused. On July 17, he appeared at a press conference with two adhesive plasters on his face, puzzling reporters but still refusing to make receipts official. [7]

Akagi resigned as Minister on August 1, 2007 after the upper house election. Minister of the Environment, Masatoshi Wakabayashi, became concurrent Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and stayed until August 27, 2007 when Shinzō Abe announced a new cabinet. Akagi's virtual successor was Takehiko Endo appointed on August 27.


Political offices
Preceded by
Toshikatsu Matsuoka
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
June 1, 2007 - August 1, 2007
Succeeded by
Masatoshi Wakabayashi

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