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Tomomi Inada

Special Aide to the President of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP); Member of the House of Representatives; lawyer

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Tomomi Inada, well known as a close advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has been the Special Aide to the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Executive Vice General Secretary of the LDP since September 2018.

Ms. Inada was elected as a member of the House of Representatives (the Lower House) for the first time in September 2005. When the LDP returned as the ruling party in December 2012, she was appointed Minister of State by Prime Minister Abe, in charge of Administrative Reform and Regulatory Reform.

After taking the role of Chairperson of the LDP Policy Research Council from September 2014 to August 2016, she was appointed by Prime Minister Abe as Minister of Defense, a role she held until August 2017.

In Japans political society, Ms. Inada is seen as one of the candidates to succeed Prime Minister Abe.

As a mother of two, Ms. Inada is considered to be a compelling representative of Abe's "Society in which Women Shine" policy.

Ms. Inada registered as an attorney in 1985 after graduating from Waseda University.