About Hiroshi Imazu

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Hiroshi Imazu
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Profile of Hiroshi Imazu

Date of Birth: 1946, September 30th
Location of Birth: Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Education: Graduated Chuo University, Faculty of Law
 

Positions and Terms of Representation

1975: Elected to the Asahikawa City Council as the youngest council member of the time. Served 2 terms.
1983: Elected to the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly as the youngest assembly member of the time. Served 2 terms.
1990: Elected to the House of Representatives (Lower House). Currently serving a 6th term.
 

Positions Held

Cabinet

➢ Deputy Secretary of Defense
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House of Representatives

➢ Chairman of Security Council
➢ Budget Committee Director
➢ Cabinet Committee Director
➢ Iraq Special Committee Director
➢ Okinawa and Hokkaido Special Committee Director
 

Liberal Democratic Party

➢ Vice Chairman of Affairs
➢ Deputy Secretary General
➢ Vice Chair of Diet Affairs
➢ Chairman of National Defense
➢ Chairman of Special Committee of Hokkaido Development
➢ Chairman of the LDP Hokkaido Branch
 

Current Positions

House of Representatives

➢ Lead Director of the Security Council
➢ Okinawa and Hokkaido Special Committee Director
➢ Director of the Special Committee for the National Security Council

 

Liberal Democratic Party

➢ Vice Chairman of Policy Affairs Council (Defense Area)
➢ Acting Chairman of the National Security Committee
➢ Member of the Party Disciplinary Committee
➢ Director-General of Regional Representative Organization
➢ Acting Chairman of the Special Committee for Space and Oceanic Development
➢ Vice Chairman of the General Committee for National Strengthening
➢ Secretary of the Strategy Committee of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
➢ Deputy General Manager of Federal State Regional System Promotion Headquarters
➢ Chairman of the Hokkaido Advancement Special Committee
➢ Vice Chairman of Small Business Policy Committee
➢ Vice Chairman of Tourism Oriented Nation Committee
➢ Vice Chairman of Shinkansen Railway Committee
➢ Vice Chairman of the Regional Revitalization Strategy Committee
➢ Chairman of Disaster Related Special Committee
➢ Vice Chairman of the Special Committee on Depopulation
➢ Branch Chief for Hokkaido 6th Constituency
 

A Brief Biography

profile_004In 1946, Hiroshi Imazu was born as the 5th son of a fish vendor in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Life was not easy, in the early years following the end of the second world war and the harsh wilderness of Hokkaido, but Hiroshi grew up with rich love from his mother, and the dignity of his hard working father. Hiroshi looks back as these days as the roots to his common people’s spirit.
 
His primary and secondary education was completed in his home town of Asahikawa, where he was part of the high school baseball team. After graduating from high school, he advanced to Chuo University Faulty of Law. Here, he was deputy head of the university’s Ouendan team (Japanese men’s pep team), as well as the vice chairman of the All Japan Student Ouendan Federation. This placed him in a position completely opposite of the student activism movement of the time.
 
Around this time he started learning about politics through his teacher, Mr. Shutaro Matsuura, who was a representative in the House of Representatives, from the 2nd Constituency of Hokkaido of the time. It was during this time that Matsuura’s words “There is no rising without conviction” struck a chord, and Hiroshi’s desire to improve his home town, improve people’s lives, and serve his country through politics grew.
 
Upon graduation from university, he returned to Asahikawa, where he started working as secretary to then Asahikawa mayor candidate Genichi Moriyama. His first step in the political world started in 1975, when he ran for and was elected to the Asahikawa city council at the age of 28, which was the youngest ever at the time.
 
Two terms later in 1983, he ran for the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly. Once again, he broke the record as the youngest ever assembly member to be elected, at age 36.
 
In 1990, he was named the successor to Mr. Masanori Kawada, which fueled his determination to run the election race for the House of Representatives. Strong backing from his constituency resulted in his election, at age 42.
 
profile_005One of the most memorable quotes he received at the time, was from Mr. Toshio Kawamoto (Minister of Trade and Industry), who said “the most embarrassing thing you can do as a politician, is to make sorry excuses for the things you’ve done”. This has been a motto Hiroshi has held close to his heart ever since.
 
In 1992, when the PKO Cooperation Law came into effect, he was actively involved in international cooperation activities, and visited the locations as part of the Self Defense Force deployments. During such time, he visited Cambodia to overlook activities by the UNTAC, he met Mr. Atsuhito Nakada, a young Japanese volunteer worker who was part of the UNV (United Nations Volunteers). This was an encounter Hiroshi would never forget, as Mr. Nakada was later killed by a Pol Pot soldier at the young age of 25. Hiroshi still asks himself to this day, if he is doing, or saying anything that would be a shame to Mr. Nakada.
 
profile_006In 1994, Hiroshi left the Liberal Democratic Party to participate in the new Shinshin Party, over disagreement with the party decision to create a coalition government with the Socialist Party. In 1996, before general elections, Hiroshi returned to the LDP due to strong requests from local supporters, and the fact that an LDP Prime Minister was selected.
 
Although there were many difficult times throughout Hiroshi’s career, today he is serving his 6th term, with a continued strong focus on national security and the northern territorial islands which he has said to be his lifework. In addition to such concerns of national security, he also is a key figure within the LDP in regards to issues of Hokkaido’s development, agricultural, forestry and fishery industry, regional health care, education, energy, and Ainu indigenous people’s rights.