Shigeru Ishiba

Shigeru Ishiba

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Shigeru Ishiba (石破 茂 Ishiba Shigeru, born 4 February 1957) is a Japanese politician. He was Minister of Defense under Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda from 2007 to 2008 and was also Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

He is a graduate of Keio University and formerly served in the Mitsui bank. He was a major proponent of bringing Japan into the multinational force in Iraq in 2003.

Ishiba is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and part of the LDP faction led by Yūji Tsushima., The Yomiuri Shimbun, September 26, 2007.

He became Defense Minister in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on 26 September 2007, serving in that post until 1 August 2008.

Ishiba is the second person in the Cabinet of Fukuda to express belief in the existence of UFOs after Nobutaka Machimura.

Following Fukuda's resignation, Ishiba stood as a candidate for the LDP presidency. In the leadership election, held on September 22, 2008, Taro Aso won with 351 of the 527 votes; Ishiba placed fifth and last with 25 votes., The Yomiuri Shimbun, 22 September 2008., The Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 September 2008.

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