Japan is called the land of the rising sun. Japan is one of the oldest intact countries in the world. And Japan is a constitutional monarchy, the form of government where the powers of the emperor are very limited now. The prime minister holds all the constitutional powers. The constitution of Japan is one of the oldest in the world which focuses on the unity of the people. National Diet is the legislative authority which has two representative houses. Japan has a two-party system in a democracy. Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is in power nowadays and the Constitutional Democratic Party (CDP), which was in power for so many years.
New Faces in the Politics of Japan
It is said that the politicians never retire. Japan is changing with the emergence of new social and economic setup. The same is the case with the politics that some new faces are now rising through the political system. Shinjiro Koizumi is one of the new faces in Japan’s political scenario. Japan is in need of new leadership and young politicians like Shinjiro Koizumi are there to response the call. Most of the young leaders are coming from political backgrounds, and same is the case with him.
Shinjiro Koizumi Education
Shinjiro Koizumi is one of the well literate political figures among the recent new faces shining in the political culture of Japan. Politics is not a new subject for him as he is not only well educated but fully trained because of his political background. He is the son of Junichiro Koizumi, a former Japanese Prime Minister. He has great achievements in the field of education and also has served his father as his political secretary.
Shinjiro Koizumi has got degrees his educational degrees in Bachelor’s in Economics, Kanto Gakuin University. Later on, he went to the US for the higher studies and did his Master’s in Political Science from Columbia University. His focus or area of research and interest was Japan-US relationship. He has also participated in Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC and worked with American thinktanks very closely. He is a member of the House of Representatives since Since 2009. Shinjiro was elected for the first time from his home town Kanagawa 11th district. He has been elected four times consecutively from the same seat. He is one of the most influential members of the Liberal Democratic Party.
The political career of Shinjiro Koizumi is full of achievements and is a kind of personality that can perform in a very optimized manner to achieve his task. That is why he is very respected and getting popularity in the mainstream political set up of Japan. Here are some key political services he has rendered over the years in his political career.
- Researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
- Secretary to Junichiro Koizumi, Former Prime Minister and Member of the House of Representatives
- Director, Health, Labour and Welfare Division, LDP
- Chief Deputy Secretary-General, LDP
- Director, Agriculture and Forestry Division, LDP
- Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office
- Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Reconstruction
Area of Interest
Diet Reforms and Reforms of the Social Security System are the main areas of interest for him personally. Japan is one of the biggest economies of the world and a developed country. The biggest problem for Japan is its population. It is a relatively small country with a huge population in comparison with other countries. There is a huge shortage of living places because of the population pressure. The agriculture land is shrinking at a very fast pace. That is the main reason that the new political leaders like Shinjiro Koizumi are focusing on the new challenges which can affect the countries food and agricultural needs.
Reforms of the Social Security System
Thanks to the social values of Japan, it is one of the healthiest nations in the world. The no of old people has grown to a staggeringly high level in the social setup of Japan. On the one hand, good health is a blessing, but on the other hand, the declining no of young population is one of the biggest threats to the future of Japan. This gape in the ratio of the population is widening day by day. All the social sectors are under huge pressure due to the face that eventually the progress of any country which has less youth pollution will come to a stop and then decline very rapidly. Shinjiro Koizumi knew the consequence Japan could face in this matter, so he is very much focussed on this issue from the day first of his political career.
Plastic Waste and Climate Change
Shinjiro Koizumi is the office bearer of the Ministry of Environment Japan. Plastic Waste and Climate Change are two main issues on which he has working very hard nowadays. Plastic pollutes the environment in many ways. It can last for centuries and is a constant threat on the global level. So many countries are working on this issue and banning the packing materials and other items made by the excessive use of plastic. The dependence on plastic largely increased because of its ease of use, and it can be moulded for any use. His main interest is to minimize the usage and also the new ways of recycling plastic materials.
Global warming is also a big threat to the existence of humans on earth, mainly caused by the emission of greenhouse gases. New proposals are coming through his leadership to counter this issue by shifting most of the industry and cars to electric and other forms of energy than the burning of fossil fuel.
There is no doubt in the leadership qualities of Shinjiro Koizumi and some of the political analysts are of the view that he will rise and shine brightly and can become the Prime Minister of Japan one day in the near future.
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