Background and career
A native of Tokyo and graduate of the University of Tokyo he joined the Ministry of Finance in 1964. In 1972 when his father-in-law Takeo Noda died, he left the ministry to run for Takeo Noda's seat and was elected for the first time. Later, he served as the Minister of Construction in 1989 (Uno Cabinet), Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy (Miyazawa Cabinet), Minister of Home Affairs(Obichi Cabinet), Chairman, General Assembly of Party Members of the House of Representatives of LDP.
Positions regarding key issues
- in favor of the revision of the constitution
- in favor of collective-self-defense (which implies a revision of the Article 9)
- in favor of the reform to a unicameral legislative system
- in favor of a strong stance versus China
- the possibility of a nuclear-armed Japan should be considered in the future
- in favor of the reactivation of nuclear plants, against the goal of zero-nuclear energy by 2030
- against the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage
- in favor of relocating the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa
- against the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Profile on LDP website (retrieved Nov 23, 2014): jimin.jp/english/profile/members/114735.html
- Nippon Kaigi website
- Takeshi Noda answers: senkyo.mainichi.jp/46shu/kaihyo_area_meikan.html?mid=A43002005005 - Mainichi, 2012
- Official website in Japanese.