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SHINZO ABE

 

安倍晋三 (あべしんぞう)

Shinzo Abe was born into a distinguished political family.  His father was Shintaro Abe, former secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and his grandfather was former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi.  Following graduation from the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Law at Seikei University in 1977, Mr. Abe studied politics at the Universtity of Southern California.  On his return to Japan, Mr. Abe began work at the Kobe Steel Ltd., and continued there until 1982.  He then served as executive assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, private secretary to the chairperson of the LDP General Council, and then as private secretary to the LDP secretary-general.  After his father's death in 1991, Mr. Abe established a network of Shinzo Abe supporters' office.  In 1993, Mr. Abe received the highest vote count in the Yamaguchi 1st District in his fast run for the House of Representatives.  He was appointed to the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, and also served as director of the LDP Social Affairs Division, where he focused on the pension and the social security systems.  He has served as deputy chief cabinet secretary from 2000 to 2003 Sptember in the Mori and Koizumi Cabinets.  Then he has appointed to the Secretary General of LDP.  He was recently re-elected in the general election for a forth term under the 2003 general election.

 

安倍晋太郎元自民党幹事長を父に、岸元首相を祖父とする政治家名門の家に生まれる。1977年、成蹊大学法学部政治学科を卒業、南カリフォルニア大学に留学し、政治学を学ぶ。帰国後は神戸製鋼所に入社し、サラリーマンの生活を経験する。ニューヨーク支社・加古川製鉄所・東京本社に勤務するが’82年に退社。その後、父晋太郎のもとで外務大臣秘書官、自由民主党総務会長秘書、自由民主党幹事長秘書を務める。総理、総裁を目前に亡くなった父の後継者として、’91年安倍晋三後援会事務所を各地に発足、’93年初出馬の衆議院議員総選挙でトップ当選を果たす(衆議院山口第1区)。衆議院外務委員会の委員を務め、自由民主党社会部会長時代には年金制度、社会保障制度について取り組む。’00年第2次森内閣にて内閣官房副長官に就任、’01年同改造内閣に続き第1次小泉内閣においても内閣官房副長官に留任(’02年)。03小泉自民党総裁再選の下、幹事長に就任、同年秋度の当選を経て現在に至る。

Mr. Abe has been active as chief negotiator for the Japanese government on behalf of the families of Japanese abductees who have placed their trust in his efforts.

 

その誠実な雰囲気の人柄から、拉致被害者家族から絶大なる信頼を集め、現在、政府側・内閣官房副長官として拉致被害者の救済に国の威信をかけて全力で取り組み、交渉責任者として世間から注目を浴びている。