Shun'ichi Suzuki (politician)

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Shun'ichi Suzuki
鈴木 俊一
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Shun'ichi Suzuki in 2013
Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
In office
3 August 2017 - 2 October 2018
10 April 2019 – present
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byTamayo Marukawa
Yoshitaka Sakurada
Succeeded byYoshitaka Sakurada
Minister of the Environment
In office
30 September 2002 – 22 September 2003
Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi
Preceded byHiroshi Ohki
Succeeded byYuriko Koike
Personal details
Born (1953-04-13) April 13, 1953 (age 66)
Tokyo
Alma materWaseda University

Shun'ichi Suzuki (鈴木 俊一, Suzuki Shun'ichi, born 13 April 1953) is a Japanese politician serving in the House of Representatives as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Background and career[edit]

A native of Tokyo Metropolis and graduate of Waseda University,[1] Suzuki and his wife belong to political dynasties: former Prime Ministers Zenkō Suzuki and Tarō Asō are respectively his father and his brother-in-law; his wife Chikako is related to Heikichi Ogawa and Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. Suzuki was elected for the first time in 1990. He served as Minister of the Environment from 2002 to 2003 under Jun'ichirō Koizumi.[2]

Suzuki has been appointed as Minisiter in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games twice.

Taro Aso is Suzuki's brother in law.

Positions[edit]

Suzuki is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[3] and is a member of the following right-wing Diet groups. He gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parliamentarians in 2012:[4]

  • in favor of the revision of the Constitution
  • in favor of the right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
  • against 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 a strong attitude versus 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

References[edit]

Links[edit]

  • 政治家情報 〜鈴木 俊一〜. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  • Suzuki Shunichi profile, jimin.jp; accessed 18 June 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Hiroshi Ohki
Minister of the Environment
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Yuriko Koike
Preceded by
Shuji Kira, Kazuya Shimba
State Minister for Foreign Affairs
2012–2013
Served alongside: Masaji Matsuyama
Succeeded by
Nobuo Kishi, Norio Mitsuya
Preceded by
Tamayo Marukawa
Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
2017–present
Incumbent
House of Representatives of Japan
New title Chair, Lower House Committee on Health, Labour and Welfare
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Eisuke Mori
Preceded by
Katsuyuki Kawai
Chair, Lower House Committee on Foreign Affairs
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Shinako Tsuchiya
Preceded by
Masayoshi Yoshino
Chair, Lower House Special Committee on Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake
2017
Succeeded by
Koichi Tani