PROFILE OF TETSUNDO IWAKUNI
Mr. Tetsundo Iwakuni was born in
The Nikko Securities Co.,Ltd., Iwakuni served in
several branches overseas, including
Morgan Stanley and in 1984 moved to Merrill Lynch, where after serving as
Chairman, President and CEO of Merrill Lynch Japan, he moved to
1989 Iwakuni responded to urgent pleas from his
former home town, Izumo, to run for mayor. Quitting
the world of international finance, he was elected mayor and served for six
years as the chief executive of a 85,000 town with an
annual budget of $300 million--roughly the amount of money that passed through
his company every three minutes while he was with Merrill Lynch. "Public
administration is the biggest service industry of all." This has long been
Iwakuni's credo, and during his six years in Izumo he practiced it to the hilt, establishing weekend
city service centers in a shopping center, introducing a single welfare card
system（in which all relevant
data regarding an individual is carried by that individual on one card）, and establishing a nationwide network of volunteer tree
doctors. Under Iwakuni's administration, Izumo received the Japan Management Association's Grand
Prize for the best Marketing and Service Organization, and the Oriental
Economist Award for "
Iwakuni became a member of the Board of Directors of a town planning foundation set up by the Junior Chamber International Japan, a post he has held ever since, in 1991.
1995 Iwakuni resigned as Mayor of Izumo
to run for the governorship of
Iwakuni was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in October 1996 as the member from Tokyo Prefecture District 6 (Setagaya-Ward). In March 1996 he became a board member of Avon Japan., Ltd.
In October 1998 Iwakuni received the Best Dresser Award.
In June 2000 Iwakuni was reelected as a member of the House of Representatives for the second time and in September of that same year he became Vice President of the Democratic Party of Japan.
In this year Iwakuni became a member of the House of Representatives' Standing Committee on Budget and was also appointed as a member of the National Land Development Council serving through 2002.
In October 2002 Iwakuni became Next Minister of State for Administrative and Regulatory Reform in the DPJ’s Next Cabinet and in December of the same year he was appointed Vice President of the Democratic Party of Japan.
Iwakuni was reelected to the House of Representatives for the third time, and served a member of the House of Representatives' Standing Committee on Land, Infrastructure and Transport and a member of the National Land Development Council. He served as Next Minister of State for Administrative and Regulatory Reform, Next Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and Next Minister of State for Political Reform in the DPJ’s Next Cabinet.
In September 2005, Iwakuni was reelected to the House of Representatives for the fourth time. In the Diet, he served as the Chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Discipline and a member of the Research Commission on the Constitution.
In October 2006, Iwakuni became a member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Budget and Committee on Audit and Oversight of Administration.
He was also appointed Director-General of the DPJ International Department.
Also, he is the author of fifteen books, including "Logic of the City" （joint authorship with former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa),"Challenge from Izumo”, and "Creating the Next Era."
2007.10 He became a Lead director of the Committee on Environment of the house of the Representatives.
He was invited as a visiting
professor of Shanxi University (
He was invited as a specially
approved visiting professor of Dongseo