16:30-17:30, Thursday, June 20, 2013
Minister for Economic Revitalization
Minister for Total Reform of Social Security
and Tax Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy
"Japan is back"
Akira Amari is one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's longtime confidants. He served as Economy, Trade and Industry Minister in 2006-2007 in the previous Abe administration. He was put in charge of economic revitalization, social security and tax reform, and economic and fiscal policy last December when Abe returned to power.
He served twice as chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's Research Commission on Oil, Resources and Energy Policy and came to understand the importance of nuclear power and other sources of energy in spurring Japanese economic growth.
As Minister of State for Economic Revitalization, Amari has been responsible for devising the nation's economic growth strategy as part of Prime Minister Abe's economic policy.
A native of Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Amari briefly worked at Sony Corp. after graduating from Keio University in 1972 and was first elected to the powerful House of Representatives in 1983.
The 63-year-old industrial policy expert will come to the club to elaborate on the government's newly released economic growth strategy.