Yoshimasa Hayashi

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Yoshimasa Hayashi
林 芳正
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Yoshimasa Hayashi at the St. Gallen Symposium in May 2011
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 February 2015
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Koya Nishikawa
In office
26 December 2012 – 3 September 2014
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Akira Gunji
Succeeded by Koya Nishikawa
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
In office
2 July 2009 – 16 September 2009
Prime Minister Taro Aso
Preceded by Kaoru Yosano
Succeeded by Naoto Kan
Minister of Defense
In office
2 August 2008 – 24 September 2008
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
Preceded by Shigeru Ishiba
Succeeded by Yasukazu Hamada
Personal details
Born (1961-01-19) 19 January 1961 (age 54)
Shimonoseki, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Tokyo
John F. Kennedy School of Government

Yoshimasa Hayashi (林 芳正 Hayashi Yoshimasa?, born 19 January 1961) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, Koga Faction. He is a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature), currently serving his third term in the Upper House representing Yamaguchi Prefecture. He is the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

A native of Shimonoseki, Hayashi graduated from the University of Tokyo and studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In the United States, he was a staffer for U.S. Representative Stephen L. Neal and U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr.. He began his career with Mitsui & Co.. Hayashi entered politics as a secretary to his father, Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi in 1992. Around the same time he was also the member of the policy staff for a US senator. Hayashi was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1995. He represents the fourth generation of politicians in his family and has concentrated on administrative and tax reform since taking office.[1]

Hayashi was appointed to the Cabinet for the first time as Minister of Defense on 1 August 2008.[2] He held this post for less than two months, however; in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, appointed on 24 September 2008, Hayashi was replaced by Yasukazu Hamada.[3]

After the LDP returned to power in the December 2012 general election Hayashi was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.[4][5]

He likes karaoke and golf. He plays the guitar and keyboard with LDP colleagues in a band called Gi!nz.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shigeru Ishiba
Minister of Defense
August 2008 – September 2008
Succeeded by
Yasukazu Hamada
Preceded by
Kaoru Yosano
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
July 2009 – September 2009
Succeeded by
Naoto Kan
Preceded by
Akira Gunji
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
December 2012 - September 2014
Succeeded by
Koya Nishikawa
Preceded by
Koya Nishikawa
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
February 2015 - present
Incumbent
House of Councillors
Preceded by
Kenichi Yamada
Councillor for Yamaguchi's At-large district
1995 – present
Incumbent