Norihiko Akagi, 48, will be Japans’s new agriculture minister, prime minister Shinzo Abe announced on Friday.
Akagi, formerly a deputy defense agency chief and agriculture ministry bureaucrat, will replace Toshikatsu Matsuoka, who hanged himself in the beginning of this week.
A graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Law Faculty, Akagi belongs to the governing Liberal Democratic Party’s faction led by former foreign minister Masahiko Komura.
Akagi is a grandson of Munenori Akagi, who has served as agriculture and forestry minister six times since 1957.
His predecessor Matsuoka had been accused of receiving illicit political donations from contractors with a government-affiliated organisation.
Matsuoka killed himself only hours before he was to face further questioning.
â€¢ University of Tokyo
â€¢ Japanese Liberal Democrat Party
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