Yukio Edano

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Yukio Edano
枝野 幸男
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Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
In office
September 12, 2011 – December 26, 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Preceded by Yoshio Hachiro
Succeeded by Toshimitsu Motegi
Chief Cabinet Secretary
In office
January 4, 2011 – September 2, 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Preceded by Yoshito Sengoku
Succeeded by Osamu Fujimura
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
In office
January 14, 2011 – September 2, 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Preceded by Sumio Mabuchi
Succeeded by Tatsuo Kawabata
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Acting
In office
March 7, 2011 – March 9, 2011
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Preceded by Seiji Maehara
Succeeded by Takeaki Matsumoto
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
In office
February 10, 2010 – June 8, 2010
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
Preceded by Yoshito Sengoku
Succeeded by Renhō
Personal details
Born (1964-05-31) May 31, 1964 (age 52)
Utsunomiya, Japan
Political party Democratic Party (1998–present)
Other political
affiliations
New Party (1992–1994)
New Frontier Party (1994–1998)
Alma mater Tohoku University
Website www.edano.gr.jp

Yukio Edano (枝野 幸男 Edano Yukio?, born May 31, 1964) is a Japanese politician and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet. He served as Chief Cabinet Secretary and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) cabinet between 2010 and 2012.[1] He currently serves as Secretary General of the Democratic Party, which replaced the DPJ in 2016.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Edano was born in Utsunomiya on May 31, 1964. He is named after Japanese liberal political figure Yukio Ozaki, who Edano's father admired. Edano graduated from Tohoku University with a degree in law, and passed the Japanese bar examination at the age of 24.[3]

Political career[edit]

In the 1993 general election, at the age of 29, Edano joined Morihiro Hosokawa's Japan New Party and won a seat in the Saitama 5th district.[3] He participated in the formation of the Democratic Party of Japan in 1996.

As a legislator, Edano played a role in the government response to the HIV-tainted blood scandal of 1995 and the financial industry reorganization of 1998.[3]

Edano was appointed as the secretary general of the DPJ in March 2010 when it was the country's ruling party. Katsuya Okada, the former Foreign Minister, subsequently replaced him in September 2010.

Chief Cabinet Secretary[edit]

with James Steinberg (January 27, 2011)

In January 2011, Edano became Chief Cabinet Secretary.[4] In March 2011, he was temporarily appointed as head of the Foreign Ministry.[5]

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, he was the face of the government efforts to combat the aftermath, frequently appearing on television to talk about the problems at the two reactor facilities in Fukushima. Because of the frequency of his appearances, Twitter users concerned with his health were prompted to post messages asking him to get some sleep. The Twitter hashtag "#edano_nero" became popular, from the imperative word for sleep! (寝ろ nero?) in Japanese.[6][7]

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry[edit]

As economy minister, Edano approved the introduction of feed-in tariffs on June 18, 2012, whereby a percentage of energy use fees are used to subsidize (a shift to) renewable energy.[8]

Post-cabinet[edit]

Edano left the Cabinet following the DPJ's defeat in the December 2012 general election, but retained his seat representing the Saitama 5th district.

Edano was named secretary general of the DPJ in September 2014. He retained this position in the Democratic Party following the merger of the DPJ with the Japan Innovation Party in March 2016.[9]

Family[edit]

Edano is married and has twin sons.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters, "Japan picks Edano as trade min after predecessor gaffe", September 11, 2011
  2. ^ "Members of the Democratic Party Leadership". The Democratic Party. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Yukio Edano Profile". Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kan revamps cabinet to boost his popularity". Japan Today. Kyodo News. January 14, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Edano named as temporary minister: Kan". The Japan Times. March 8, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tireless Edano Earns Twitter Respect". The Wall Street Journal. March 14, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Japan earthquake: Yukio Edano, the 'Jack Bauer' of the crisis". The Telegraph. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Gerhardt, Tina (22 July 2012). "Japan's People Say NO to Nuclear Energy". Alternet. 
  9. ^ "Okada to appoint Edano as secretary-general of new Democratic Party". The Mainichi. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

House of Representatives of Japan
Preceded by
Hiroshi Sawada
Nobuhiko Fukunaga
Kazuhito Wada
Representative for Saitama 5th district (multi-member)
1993–1996
Served alongside: Kiyoshi Ueda, Kaneshige Wakamatsu, Nobuhiko Fukunaga
Constituency abolished
New constituency Representative for the Kita-Kantō PR block
1996–2000
Preceded by
Nobuhiko Fukunaga
Representative for Saitama 5th district
2000–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Banri Kaieda
Chairperson of the Policy Affairs Research Council of the Democratic Party
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Yoshito Sengoku
Preceded by
Ichirō Ozawa
Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Japan
2010
Succeeded by
Katsuya Okada
New title Secretary General of the Democratic Party
2016-present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Yoshito Sengoku
Minister of State for Government Revitalisation
2010
Succeeded by
Renhō Murata
Chief Cabinet Secretary
2011–present
Succeeded by
Osamu Fujimura
Preceded by
Sumio Mabuchi
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
2011–present
Succeeded by
Tatsuo Kawabata
Preceded by
Seiji Maehara
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Acting

2011
Succeeded by
Takeaki Matsumoto
Preceded by
Yoshio Hachiro
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
2011-2012
Succeeded by
Toshimitsu Motegi