Yasuhide Nakayama

Japan State Minister of Defense

Yasuhide Nakayama was elected in December 2012 as a member of the House of Representatives of Japan representing the Liberal Democratic Party. In past governments he was a Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and had served as a member of the House of Representatives of Japan for six years representing the Liberal Democratic Party. 

His first-hand experience of Japanese politics goes back 15 years. He has served as secretary to the Minister of Construction, secretary to the State Minister of the Management and Co-ordination Bureau, and as policy secretary for the former Minister of Defense and former Minister for the Environment, Yuriko Koike. 

Nakayama has also been Chairman of the Defense Committee of the LDP, was chairman of the Japan-Israel Parliamentary Friendship League, chairman of the Committee on Organizations Involved with Public Safety, and Secretary-General for the Parliamentary League for the Promotion of International Market Competitiveness, among many other high-profile posts in parliament and within the LDP. 

After graduating from the law faculty of Seijo University, he worked for advertising agency Dentsu on high-profile issues. He spent three years in France in his high school years. Nakayama also worked as Assistant to President for Pasona Group Inc., a manpower company, and as Senior Adviser to GR Japan, a government relations consultancy.

Nakayama is currently Japan’s State Minister of Defense.

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