is a Japanese politician
of the Democratic Party of Japan
, a member of the House of Councillors
in the Diet
(national legislature). A native of Nogata, Fukuoka
and graduate of Nihon University
, he served in the city assembly of Nogata. After two unsuccessful runs for the House of Representatives
in 2003 and 2005, he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 2007.