Hiroshige Sekō

Hiroshige Seko (世耕 弘成, Sekō Hiroshige, born 9 November 1962) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Wakayama Prefecture, he graduated from Waseda University and received a master's degree in corporate communications from Boston University. He was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1998. He was elevated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to serve as Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) from 3 August 2016 to 11 September 2019. As a Minister, he played a crucial role for announcing the export restrictions against South Korea in 2019.

Hiroshige Sekō
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
In office
3 August 2016  11 September 2019
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byMotoo Hayashi
Succeeded byIsshu Sugawara
Member of the House of Councillors
Assumed office
ConstituencyWakayama Prefecture
Personal details
Born (1962-11-09) November 9, 1962 (age 58)
Osaka, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party of Japan
Spouse(s)Kumiko Hayashi
Alma materWaseda University



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