Rui Matsukawa

Member, House of Councillors
Former Parliamentary Vice Minister
of Defense

Date of Birth: February 1971
Member of the House of Councillors, Oosaka Prefecture

Mar 1986: Graduated from Shitennoji Junior High School
Mar 1989: Graduated from Shitennoji Senior High School
Mar 1993: Graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law
Oct 1997: Graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

Political Career
Apr 1993: Joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
1999 – 2002: Treaties Division, MOFA
2002 – 2004: Assistant Director, Regional Policy Division, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, MOFA
2004 – 2006: First Secretary, Delegation of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament (Switzerland)
2009 – 2011: Deputy-Director, Intelligence and Analysis Service, MOFA
2011 – 2013: Deputy Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (Republic of Korea)
2014 – 2016: Director, Gender Mainstreaming Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, MOFA

Feb 2016: Retired from MOFA
July 2016: Elected to the House of Councillors in Osaka Prefecture (first term)

Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense
Member, Committee on Budget
Director, Special Committee on ODA and Related Matters
and others

Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs Division
Deputy Director, Economy, Trade and Industry Division
Deputy Director-General, International Bureau
Deputy Director, Women’s Affairs Division
Chief Secretary, Headquarters for Promoting women’s Active Participation
Vice President, Central Institute of Politics
and others

Sep 2020:
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office

Japanese tea ceremony, travelling, playing the piano, pottery, reading, watching figure skating, dancing such as salsa

English, Korean

Strength and weakness:
Strength: Achieve results. Have flexible mind.
Weakness: Not good with detailed things.

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