is the governor
of Tochigi Prefecture
, first elected in 2004. A native of Imaichi, Tochigi
and graduate of Nihon University
, he had served in the city assembly of Utsunomiya, Tochigi
since 1983 and then in the assembly of Tochigi Prefecture since 1991. He had also served as mayor of Utsunomiya for two terms since 1999 before elected governor.