Toshimitsu Motegi

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Toshimitsu Motegi
茂木 敏充
Toshimitsu Motegi.jpg
Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry
In office
26 December 2012 – October 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Preceded by Yukio Edano
Succeeded by Koriki Jojima
Personal details
Born (1955-10-07) 7 October 1955 (age 61)
Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Tokyo
Harvard University
Website Official website

Toshimitsu Motegi (茂木 敏充?, Motegi Toshimitsu, born 7 October 1955) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Tsushima Facation, and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature), representing Tochigi Prefecture's fifth electoral district.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Ashikaga, Tochigi, Motegi was born on 7 October 1955.[1] He attended the University of Tokyo and received a post-graduate Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[1]


Motegi worked for trading company Marubeni Corporation, as a political reporter for Yomiuri Shimbun and at the consultancy McKinsey & Co. He was also a visiting professor at Waseda University's graduate school of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies from 2005 to 2010.[1]

He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1993 as a member of the Japan New Party. He joined the LDP in 1995.[2]

Described as an experienced and knowledgeable international businessman, Motegi served in various cabinet positions including vice foreign minister and state minister in charge of Okinawa and the Northern Territories, as well as science and technology policy. On 1 August 2008, Yasuo Fukuda appointed him as state minister in charge of financial services and administrative reforms.[2] On 26 December 2012, Motegi was named as Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry.[3]

He has been moved by Abe to LDP headquarters as head of election strategy.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His hobbies include sports, travel, and reading.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Abe Cabinet". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Japan Times, "Fukuda's new lineup", 3 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Abe to tap Toshimitsu Motegi as trade minister". Global Times. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ 5/11/2014