JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.80

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Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony

Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony
Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony

On August 3rd, the Second Reshuffled Third Abe Cabinet was assembled and Tomomi Inada, a member of the House of Representatives, was appointed as the 15th Minister of Defense.

On August 4th, the new Minister Inada attended the MOD office where she received an honor guard and gave instructions to the staff during the inauguration ceremony. In the instructions, Minister Inada expressed her enthusiasm saying, “I am honored to be charged with the fundamental and noble duty of the defense of our nation together with the SDF’s 250,000 personnel. I am also keenly aware of the importance of my duties. Just yesterday, North Korea launched a ballistic missile, which fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone for the first time. We must take every measure possible for the national defense, especially given the growing increasingly severe security environment. I will succeed to the heritages of our predecessors carried on for more than 60 years since the SDF’s establishment, and will give my utmost efforts to my duties with all of you under such severe security environment in order to secure the lives and peaceful livelihood of Japanese people, to live up to the expectation of the international community, and contribute to world peace under the Constitution.”

After the instruction, the new and former Ministers of Defense met for the succession of duties.

Tomomi Inada
Tomomi Inada

About

Date of birth : 20 February 1959
Constituency : Fukui 1st District
Domicile : Fukui Prefecture

Biography

Mar. 1981 Graduated from Waseda University (School of Law)
Apr. 1983 Legal Apprentice
Apr. 1985 Registered as Attorney

Political Career

Sep. 2005: Elected as a member of the House of Representatives (HR)
Aug. 2009: Elected as a member of the HR (2nd term)
Dec. 2012: Elected as a member of the HR (3rd term)
Dec. 2012: Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
    Minister in charge of Administrative Reform
    Minister in charge of Civil Service Reform
    Minister of State for “Cool Japan” Strategy
    Minister in charge of “Challenge Again” Initiative
May 2014: Minister in charge of Civil Service Reform
Sep. 2014: Chairwoman of Policy Research Council (Liberal Democratic Party)
Dec. 2014: Elected as a member of the HR (4th term)
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