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Akira Amari

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. 


Opening Panel: Challenges for Building a Prosperous Digital Society

Friday, December 11 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Digitalization, driven by the fourth industrial revolution based on semiconductor technology, is remaking everything around us to create a more efficient, convenient and prosperous society. However, as the saying goes, "data is the new oil," and there is a danger that the wealth will be concentrated in the hands of those who have the power to manipulate it, companies and nations. How to encourage the fair and healthy development of the digital society of the future is presented as a serious challenge for the world. Translated with (free version) ★This session will be delivered on demand from December 14th to January 15th, 2021.