Chairperson, Research Commission on the Tax System/ Former Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy / a Member of the House of Representatives
Akira Amari was born on August 27, 1949, in Kanagawa, Japan, located just south of Tokyo. After graduating from Keio University with a major degree in political science, he joined Sony Corporation in 1972. Two years later, he started working for his father Tadashi Amari, who served as the Member of the House of Representatives. In 1983, Amari began his own political career. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time, and is currently serving his twelfth consecutive term.
Amari has held numerous positions in multiple administrations and in the Liberal Democratic Party including:
-Minister of Labor (1998-Obuchi administration)
-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (2006- Abe administration, Fukuda administration)
-Minister of State for Regulatory Reform, Administrative Reform, and Civil Service Reform (2008- Aso administration)
-Chairperson, Policy Research Council, LDP (2012-)
-Chairperson, Headquarters for Promoting Administrative Reform, LDP(2017-)
-Chairperson, Election Strategy Committee, LDP(2018-)
In December 2012, Amari was appointed as the Minister for Economic Revitalization, and the Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Amari’s responsibilities covered policy-making and implementing Abenomics, negotiating and reaching agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, and initiating corporate tax reform. He has been chosen as one of the "50 Most Influential" people in global finance in the 2013 edition of Bloomberg market magazine. Amari is currently the Chairperson of the Research Commission on the Tax System for the Liberal Democratic Party and leads fundamental tax reforms to make Japanese Economy digitally cutting edged and innovative.
Amari resides with his wife in Tokyo and is a father of two daughters. He is also blessed with two little grandchildren.