PROFILE: Agriculture minister Nomura has 35 yrs experience at farm cooperative

Tetsuro Nomura, appointed as minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in his first Cabinet post, is an expert on agricultural policy with around 35 years of experience at a farming cooperative.

After being elected to the House of Councillors in 2004, Nomura has also served as the parliamentary vice minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and the chair of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's agricultural and forestry division.

The 78-year-old spoke out on behalf of farmers when the administration of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted agricultural cooperative reform as part of its growth strategy.

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