Photo of MEXT Minister Yoshimasa HAYASHI

Date of Birth
January 19, 1961

Party affiliation
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

M. P. Career
Member of the House of Councilors
(Yamaguchi Prefecture, elected 4 times)


Education and Career

March 1979 Graduated from Yamaguchi Prefectural Shimonoseki-Nishi High School
March 1984 Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo
April 1984 Joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
June 1994 Received Master in Public Administration from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
July 1995 Elected to the House of Councilors for the first time
(17th General Election) (Yamaguchi electoral district)
July 1997 Deputy Secretary-General of the LDP in the House of Councilors
October 1999 Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance
January 2002 Chief Secretary, LDP Administrative Reform Promotion Headquarters
October 2004 Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense in the House of Councilors
September 2006 State Minister of Cabinet Office
August 2008 Minister of Defense
July 2009 Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
October 2009 Chairman, LDP Policy Board in the House of Councilors
Acting Chairman, LDP Policy Research Council
September 2012 Ran in the LDP presidential election
Chairman, Kochi-Kai (to date)
December 2012 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
September 2014 Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman of Subcommittee of the LDP Research Commission on the Tax System
February 2015 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (reappointed)
October 2016 Chairman, Special Committee on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in the House of Councilors
August 2017 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Minister in charge of Education Rebuilding

Hobbies Playing musical instruments, Golf, Tennis

Family Wife and two children (daughters)

(Management and Coordination Division, Minister's Secretariat)