Minister for Foreign Affairs

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Taro ASO

Date of birth: September 20, 1940
Liberal Democratic Party
Member of the House of Representatives
Constituency: Fukuoka Prefecture 8th district (Elected 9 times)

March 1963Graduated from Faculty of Politics and Economics, Gakushuin University

October 2005Minister for Foreign Affairs (re-appointed, September 2006)
September 2003Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications (until October 2005)
April 2001Chairman, Policy Research Council, LDP (until September 2003)
January 2001Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy (until April 2001)
November 1998Chairman, Special Committee on Fiscal Structure Reform, HR (until December 1998)
November 1996Minister of State, Economic Planning Agency (until September 1997)
August 1993Deputy Secretary-General, LDP (until September 1995)
December 1992Director, Foreign Affairs Division, LDP (until August 1993)
November 1991Chairman, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, HR (until January 1993)
January 1991Chairman, Special Committee on Coal Issues, House of Representatives (HR) (until November 1991)
March 1990Director, Education Division, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) (until December 1990)
December 1988Vice Minister for Education, Sports, Science and Culture (until June 1989)
October 1979Elected Member of the House of Representatives for the first time, elected nine times since.
January 1978Chairman, Japan Junior Chamber
May 1973President and CEO of Aso Cement Co., Ltd. (until December 1979)
August 1966Joined Aso Industry