Yuji Yamamoto (山本 有二? Yamamoto Yūji, born May 11, 1952) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Kōchi Prefecture and graduate of Waseda University, he was elected to the assembly of Kōchi Prefecture in 1985 (serving for one term) and then to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990. Yamamoto is currently Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Abe cabinet.
Yamamoto said during a speech at a fundraising party in support of Tsutomu Sato, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Diet affairs chief, that “Sato will decide whether or not we’ll force the passage" (of the TPP). Within days, Yamamoto withdrew the remarks and apologized. However, the four main opposition parties pressed for his resignation over the comment.
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